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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!


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! Offered via Zoom for Fall 2020. Please call the Counseling Center 701-231-7671 to sign up.

Tuesday 11/17/20 at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday 12/8/20 at noon




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

For questions, please contact Bill ( )

When: TBA--will be scheduled when health concerns allow.

NDSU Memorial Union (snacks and beverages provided)

Register: For more information or to register for the training, call the NDSU Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.  Training is free and open to the first 30 registrants.

Diversity Solidarity and Empowerment Group

This support group is intended for self-identified BIPOC students as an opportunity to center the healing of our individual and collective racial trauma in solidarity and supportive community. Each session is intended to hold space for vulnerability and conversation as we endeavor to unpack the complexities of racial trauma.

Meets weekly: Tuesdays at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

·         Start date: TBD 

Facilitated by Terrijann MullenDahlberg and Annette Ruiz
Please contact for further information or to sign up

Mindfulness During the Pandemic 3-Week Workshops

Mindfulness 3-Week Workshops

Offered Via Zoom For Fall 2020, and now open to NDSU faculty and staff as well as NDSU students! 

Mindfulness is a way of being that involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness, and acceptance.  Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable “ups and downs” of life. Learning and practicing mindfulness can be particularly helpful in coping with the uncertainty of  situations that are beyond our ability to control or predict, such as the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Additionally, practicing mindfulness can improve ability to cope with challenges that affect many college students, such as stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and difficulties with concentration/focus  For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page.

This 3-week workshop for students is geared towards those who are either brand new or relatively new to mindfulness. Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of lessons, discussion, handouts, and a variety of experiential mindfulness meditation and self-compassion practices. The goal of the workshop will be to plant seeds from which participants can grow their own mindfulness practice and start to apply mindfulness in their daily lives. There will be a homework assignment each week involving at least 10-minutes of daily practice of a meditation learned in the group, as well as incorporating mindfulness into daily activities. This is because the only way to learn mindfulness and see the results in your life is to practice!

The three sessions are as follows: Week 1) Introduction and Basic Practices; Week 2) Breath Awareness, Mindfulness of Thoughts, and Formal Sitting Practice; Week 3) Radical Acceptance, Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness of Emotions.

Meets via Zoom for 90 minutes on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00, with the 3-week sequence repeating throughout the semester (no meetings on university holidays);  This Fall, sequences begin on September 17th, October 8th, October 29th, and and November 19th.

Please note that once you sign-up for one of the 3-week workshops, attendance at all 3 sessions will be important, as the lessons go in order and fit together as a whole. 

 Advance sign-up necessary to reserve a spot; please call the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) to sign up for one of the sequences!

If questions, please contact


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 Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm. via Zoom.  If interested, please contact the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671 or email



Health Concerns Group

Have you been experiencing the frustration of an on-going illness or medical condition? Many students on our campus struggle with chronic pain, digestive issues, migraines, or other health challenges that can make the typical day-to-day activities associated with college very difficult. You are not alone. This group is open to any NDSU student with a chronic health condition.

For Fall 2020, meets via Zoom on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. starting on September 28th. If you are interested in joining this support group as a safe place to discuss these challenges and help one another, please contact Jaryn Allen at  for the Zoom link. 

Equine (horse) Therapy Group for Anxiety

What is Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC)?

Equine Assisted Counseling is a form of counseling that involves a licensed mental health counselor and horses to support a client in reaching their counseling goals.  NDSU’s EAC program utilizes the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Model (EAGALA) which means that each counseling session includes both a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist.  All EAGALA sessions follow four main standards:

1.)    A Team Approach

2.)   Focus on the Ground (meaning we will not be riding horses)

3.)   Solution-Oriented

4.)   Follows the EAGALA Code of Ethics

 What is the purpose of the EAC Group at NDSU?

The purpose of this group is to provide a space for NDSU college women between the ages of 18-24 years old to reach their individual counseling goals in regards to managing their anxiety and increasing their self-compassion. 

The group will include 6-7 members, all female, and all whom have struggles with anxiety. We will meet at Shepperd Arena on the NDSU Campus each Thursday morning from October 1st through November 12th. The group will begin at 9:30am and conclude at 11am.  It is important that you attend all groups and can stay for the duration of the group session.


The facilitators of the group, Dr. Amber Bach-Gorman, Dr. Carrie Hammer, and Dr. Erika Berg can guarantee any student’s confidentiality regarding their participation or topics discussed during group.  Confidentiality as it relates to the group setting will be discussed at our first group session, and typically the group members all agree that what happens in group stays in group.  Given that the group is in Shepperd Arena there is a small chance a passerby may view people in the arena, however the facilitators have taken all steps possible to ensure participants confidentiality.

 What do I wear?

Given that we are working with horses, it is required that you wear close toed shoes.  Hiking boots or any type of boots are preferable, however, if you do not have these, any closed toe shoes that are fairly substantial will work. 

 What is my responsibility?

The group opportunity is meant to create a space for you to be able to learn about yourself and how you can potentially relate to your anxiety in a different way. The only requirement for you is to be present, be respectful of other group members, and work to be as open as possible to learning something new about yourself.  You do not need to have any prior horse experience to take part in the group.  Additionally, there is no cost to the EAC group.

 Research Opportunity

Each group member can elect to take part in a research portion of the EAC group, however this is not required to take part in the group. 

 Any additional questions about the EAC group can be directed to Dr. Amber Bach-Gorman at or 701.231.7677.




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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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