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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!

Thurs., Jan. 23, 11 – 12

Fri., Feb. 21, 1 – 2

Wed., Mar. 25, 12 – 1

Tues., Apr. 14, 12 – 1

All of the presentations will take place in the Prairie room except for the one in January which will take place in Hidatsa. We hope to see you there!



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. To register, go to Campus Connection and search EDUC 123-01.

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: Part 1: March 10th, 8:00 AM-Noon
          Part 2: March 12th, 8:00 AM-Noon

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.

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

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

When: Fridays from 3:00-4:00

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.

Mindfulness 3-Week Workshops

Mindfulness 3-Week Workshops

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. 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 at the Counseling Center Gathering Room 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 Spring, sequences begin on February 6th, February 27th, March 26th, and and April 16th.

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

 If questions, please contact

Art Therapy Group

We are excited to offer Art Therapy again this year and encourage any student who is interested in learning new outlets for understanding self and  building skills for stress management to attend this group! Students need not have any artistic skills to participate and experience the benefits from Art Therapy, simply a willingness to try something new. This year we will have a variety of projects from which to choose, and will allow students to experience how engagement in expressive arts can offer therapeutic benefits. We will supply certain materials to get you started for several weeks worth of projects, and if you choose to continue attending beyond that, we will point you in some directions to purchase art materials that you can bring to work on in group.

Students may attend once or many times, depending on interest or need. No pre-registration is needed. The Art Therapy space will be available from 3:00-4:30 P.M.  every Tuesday.  If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email Teresa DeMers at 

 If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email Teresa DeMers 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 Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm.  If interested, please contact the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.



Health Concerns Discussion

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.

Meets Fridays from 1:00-2:00. If you are interested in joining this support group as a safe place to discuss these challenges and help one another, please contact or 701.231.7845 so we can come together and support one another.

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 2/20, 3/26 and 4/23 from 4-5pm.

Advance registration necessary; to register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.  For questions, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at





Open Meditation Sessions For NDSU Students

The Mindfulness Meditation open sessions provide an opportunity for NDSU students to get together to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, focus, calm, 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 fosters 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 20-30 minute mindfulness meditation session, followed by a brief mindfulness group discussion regarding how we are applying mindfulness in our daily lives. This group is intended both for those participants from Mindfulness Workshop who wish to continue practicing what they have learned, and also open to any other NDSU students 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 time during the semester. Please note that space allows for up to 10 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This group will meet weekly on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 beginning on August 26th 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!


Emotional Fitness Workshop

 3-session workshop Focusing on skills for social anxiety, panic attacks, and general anxiety and worry, skill building and understanding depression.

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

Happy Hour Group

Looking for strategies to be proactive about your mental well-being?

Join Happy Hour at the NDSU Counseling Center!  Happy Hour is a course designed to teach you the skills to flourish. It is is rooted in the science of positive psychology and covers the following topics:

  • Positive emotions
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Learned optimism
  • Gratitude
  • Character strengths
  • Engagement
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Positive relationships

Please note that this group will run for 10 weeks and will meet for one hour per week.  The group will be held on Thursdays at the NDSU Counseling Center, with the first meeting taking place on January 30th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Please call the NDSU Counseling Center at 701-231-7671 to sign up.  Hope to see you there!  

Music Therapy Group

Join us Mondays from 1-2:30pm for a new music-based therapy group! Learn how to use music and lyrics to relate, process, and express emotions through listening and creating. Students are free to bring in music they would like to share with others. No musical experience or training required. Meets Mondays 1-2:30pm. This is an open group - no pre-registration required. Contact Janet at the Counseling Center for any questions. 


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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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