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Groups, Classes, and Workshops

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


Edu 123 Study Skills (Section 1, Instructor Jaryn Allen)

This is a one-credit graded course that helps students develop skills necessary for successful academic achievement. Course topics include test-taking, motivation, procrastination, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, and stress management. The course will be on Wednesdays from 1:00-1:50pm in Minard Hall Room 302, from 8.21.17 to 12.15.17. To register, go to Campus Connection and search EDUC 123-01.

Anxiety Toolbox 3-Week Workshops

Anxiety toolbox focuses on skills for social anxiety, panic attacks, and general anxiety and worry.

Please call for an appointment at the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) if interested in joining this workshop!

Getting Unstuck 3-Week Workshops

Getting unstuck focuses on skill building and understanding depression. Please call for an appointment at the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) if interested in joining this workshop!

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

What: A place to gains skills to better understand yourself, others, and relationships (see below)

When: Weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm, beginning on August 31st

Where: NDSU Counseling Center, Ceres Hall 212

Who (Facilitator): Contact person for questions about USO—Dr. Jaryn Allen at

Come join a safe and energizing group of your peers to explore patterns of how you relate to yourself and others with the aim of developing greater understanding and acceptance of self, changing current behaviors, and developing better ways of coping. Concerns addressed vary widely and may include:

  • Stress Management
  • Adjustment to NDSU
  • Family Conflict
  • Assertiveness Skill-Building
  • Personal Growth & Development
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship Issues
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Academic Skill-Building
  • Building Self-Confidence

Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. This can be a good time for individuals to get different perspectives on various issues, and recognize that they are not alone.

Equine Therapy Group for Anxiety

The group will be meeting Thursday morning from 9:30-11am at Shepherd Arena. Any female NDSU student, age 18-24 years old, struggling with anxiety is eligible. For further information or to register, please contact Amber at

Mindfulness Meditation Group

The Mindfulness Meditation Group at NDSU—open to NDSU students, faculty, and staff--provides an opportunity to get together with others in the campus community to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, and well-being, in an informal, friendly environment.

Mindfulness meditation practice involves strengthening our ability to be present in each moment with openness, compassion, and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation or concentration technique, mindfulness practice engenders a way of being that can allow us to respond differently to life’s ups and downs. With regular, continued practice over time, it can lead to improved stress management and focus.

Each week will involve a mindfulness meditation session, followed by a brief mindfulness reading and group discussion regarding how we are applying mindfulness in our daily lives. This group is intended both for those participants from Mindfulness Workshop Part I who wish to continue practicing what they have learned, and also open to anyone else in the campus community who would like to join us in practicing mindfulness meditation in a group setting.  All levels are welcome, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners, and no advance registration, weekly commitment or special equipment necessary--feel free to show up any Monday from November 6th through December 11th.

This group will meet weekly on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 beginning on November 6th until the end of the fall semester, in the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) gathering room. No advance registration or weekly commitment necessary; feel free to show up on any of the Mondays if interested!

For more information on mindfulness, please see our meditation and mindfulness page at

Graduate Student Support Group

Open to any NDSU graduate student. Group focus is to provide a safe place for students to meet one another, discuss challenges and struggles they may be experiencing while working in their graduate program or within the personal life, and to be able to build friendships and offer support to fellow graduate students across academic disciplines.  The group meets Tuesdays 12:00-1:30 for Fall 2017.  If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education
Today, 40% of young adults age 18-24 are enrolled in a two or four year educational institution.  Statistics show that 75% of mental illnesses develop before age 25, making colleges ideal locations for early identification.  However, the number one reason students say they do not use mental health resources is lack of knowledge that those resources even exist. 

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid USA is a training — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses.

Who should take the course? 
Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is ideal for anyone who regularly interacts with students, both on and off campus, including:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Residence Life Staff
  • Academic Advisors
  • Student Affairs Employees
  • Administrators
  • Coaches and Athletic Personnel

 Fall 2017 Dates and Times: Tuesday October 31st  and Thursday November 2nd from 8:00 – Noon each day.

Training is free and open to the first 30 registrants; advance registration necessary.

For more information or to register for the training, please call the NDSU Counseling Center at 701-231-7671. .

DeStress in the Dirt

DeStress in the Dirt gives students a chance to relax by creating a Terrarium, while also receiving additional information about how to manage day-to-day stress.  Students will leave the event with something new and alive to brighten-up their living spaces.  Refreshments will be served and all of this is free for the first eight students to register for each event. Meets from 3:30-5:00 at the Counseling Center on the following schedule:

September 7:   General Student Body

September 21:  First-Generation College Students

October 12:      General Student Body

October 26:      Sophomores

November 9:    General Student Body

November 30:  Graduate Students


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 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, and will held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the following dates for Fall 2017:

September 22nd, October 20th, November 17th, December 8th

To register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.



Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

A weekly on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting will be meeting the Memorial Union on Wednesdays at noon (please see room information below).  This is a closed meeting for any NDSU faculty, staff, or student who is experiencing difficulties with alcohol themselves (for open AA meetings in the Fargo-Moorhead community, please check local listings on the AA web site,

Meetings for fall 2017 semester will be Wednesdays at noon in the MU Rec Center Conference Room, with the exceptions of 9/6/17, 10/4/17, 11/1/17, and 12/6/17. On those dates, the meeting will be in the MU Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room.

For more information about  this meeting and other recovery services at NDSU, 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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Last Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:10:01 AM
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