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Groups, Classes, and Workshops

Check out our wide variety of FREE groups, workshops, and classes offered for NDSU students  by the Counseling Center each semester. Please check back often for updates!


Mental Health First Aid Fall 2022

MHFA Blended Learning Format

The NDSU Counseling Center, through funding provided by the NDSU Student Government and the NDUS System Office, is pleased to announce it is taking registrations for the blended learning format of MHFA training – free to members of the NDSU community (i.e., faculty, staff and students).  This includes the cost of the on-line training and in-person training, plus copies of the participant manual and the participant processing guide.

The blended learning format consists of participants completing a 2 hour self-paced online course, followed by a 4.5 hour in-person Skills Application instructor led session.  The self-paced online course must be completed prior to attending the in-person Skills Application session.  Both parts must be completed to obtain MHFA certification (a three-year certification is awarded upon program completion).

The dates are Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, October 26.  These are two separate trainings and registration is open by calling the Counseling Center. Space is limited! To register, call the Counseling Center at 231-7671 and provide the Center with the information needed to participate in the on-line portion of the training. If questions, please email


MHFA teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.  This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What MHFA Covers

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse
  • How to interact with a person in crisis
  • How to connect someone with help
  • Newly added: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

Call the Counseling Center at 231-7671 to register.

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NDSU CARES Workshops

NDSU CARES is a Campus Awareness, Referral and Education program for Suicide Prevention.

This one hour of training may help you save a life!

Please call the Counseling Center  at 701-231-7671 for more information.
or email Jaryn Allen


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Diversity, Solidarity and Empowerment Group

Diversity, Solidarity, and Empowerment Group

Who: This support group is intended for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC) students (undergraduate and graduate).
Purpose: To build support and solidarity. It is not a therapy group.

What: Each session is intended to hold space for conversation as we endeavor to unpack the complexities of racial trauma. We may discuss current affairs, books, movies, and or personal racial experiences.

When: Meets Weekly at the Counseling Center Gathering Room on Fridays from 1:00-2:00 throughout the Spring 2022 semester, starting on September 23rd.

Facilitated by: Terrijann MüllerDahlberg 

Contact: Please email to join. 

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New to NDSU Group

Thursdays from 3-4pm Starting August 25th
This group is for undergraduates in their first year at NDSU (both freshmen and transfer students). Members of this group will have the chance to make connections with other first year students who are looking to get to know new people in a quiet and relaxed setting. We will also spend time learning about the NDSU and Fargo community, including resources, area events, and other information that will help students feel at home and a sense of belonging. Students may join at any time, but please email prior to attending your first group.

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Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group

This NEW group is being created to provide a safe, supportive space for transgender and gender nonconforming NDSU students to connect with others going through similar experiences.

The group will meet at the Counseling Center Gathering Room (Stop and Go Center, 1919 Univeristy Drive N) on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 during Fall 2022 semester, beginning on August 30th. No pre-registration required; feel free to show up if interested. If there is enough turnout, plan is to continue the group weekly throughout the Fall semester!

If questions, feel free to email


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SSG (Survivor's Support Group)

SSG (Survivor's Support Group) is a support group for students who have experienced some form of sexual violence/assault and are looking for a safe space. Attending support groups can be extremely beneficial in forming relationships with other survivors while processing the aftereffects of unwanted sexual experiences. SSG will be held every Friday 11am-12pm in a private location within the Memorial Union beginning tentatively on September 9th through December 9th.

If you are interested in joining SSG, please call the NDSU Counseling Center (701.231.7671) or email or to schedule a brief pre-screening.

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Graduate Student Support Group

Graduate Student Support Group
Mondays from 12-1pm starting August 29th
This group is a place for graduate students to meet & provide support for one another while discussing the rigors and challenges of personal & academic life. Students may join at any time during the semester. For questions, please email

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Pawsitive Relaxation (with our therapy dogs)!

Pawsitive Relaxation gives NDSU students an opportunity to reduce their stress for an hour by hanging out with one of the NDSU Counseling Center’s registered therapy dogs, while also receiving additional information about ways to manage stress! 

Pawsitive relaxation is open to all NDSU students. Sessions will be held on the following Dates from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Counseling Center:

Friday 9/23

Friday 10/21

Friday 11/18

Friday 12/9

Advance registration necessary; to register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671. 

For questions, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at


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Art In Therapy

Art in Therapy

We are excited to offer Art in Therapy again this year and encourage any student who is interested in learning more about themselves and building new skills for stress management to attend this group. You need not have any artistic skills to participate and experience the benefits from Art in Therapy, simply a willingness to learn a variety of new skills, a chance to learn more about yourself while trying something new, all while meeting new people.

We will have a variety of projects for both intentional discovery and self-reflection. This will allow you to experience how engagement in expressive arts can improve your social interaction which might help you meet and build new relationships with others in the group.

No pre-registration is needed. The Art in Therapy space will be available from 10:30-12:00 every Tuesday at the Counseling Center Room 136 (beginning September 13th). 

If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email .


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North Dakota State University
Counseling Center
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7671
Campus address: Ceres Hall 212
Physical/delivery address: 212 Ceres Hall, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2841 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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