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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 124 Career Planning

This one-credit graded course helps students make satisfying decisions regarding college majors and careers. Students explore career options by learning how their attitudes, beliefs, interests, skills, values, and lifestyle preferences blend with elements of certain occupations. For schedule and registration information, please consult the Campus Connection under the Education Department course listings.

Edu 123 Study Skills

This is a one-credit graded course that helps students develop skills necessary for successful academic achievement. Course topics include motivation, procrastination, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, and stress management. For schedule and registration information, please consult Campus Connection under Education Department course listings.

NASSP: Native American Students Standing Proud

This group focuses on fostering community, fellowship, and shared experience, and providing resources and support within a safe environment for Native American students at NDSU. The Group is not a therapy group, but instead a group of people coming together to discuss their experiences and concerns and to have a place of support and empowerment, and  a safe space to discuss whatever students feel they would like to discuss. Starts on Monday, OCT. 3 and will run 3:30pm-5:00pm on Mondays (except for on OCT. 10 and OCT. 17) and be held in The Alba Bales House. For questions or further information, please contact:, 701-231-7845.

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

Mental Health First Aid training for Fall 2016 will take place Monday October 10 Wednesday October 12  from 8:00 – 12:00 each day (8 hours altogether for the training). Advance registration necessary by calling the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.

DeStress in the Dirt

During fall semester, DeStress in the Dirt  will give 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.

DeStress in the Dirt will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on the following dates (all Thursdays).  Next to each date is the specific student population invited to register for that event:

  • September 8:    General Student Body
  • September 29:  First Generation College Students
  • October 13:        General Student Body
  • October 27:        Sophomores
  • November 10:   General Student Body
  • December 1:      Graduate Students

 DeStress in the Dirt will continue during spring semester, with projects to include forcing Paper White Narcissus flowers and planting a spring flowering planter for either a sunny or shady location.For more information, or to register for an event, call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.

Mind and Body



Are you looking for tools to help you bounce back and navigate the storms of life? Yoga and skill building can be helpful tools in cultivating resilience physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Mind & Body is a class comprised of 30 minutes of Yoga for all fitness levels, followed by 30 minutes of guided de-stress exercises. 6 week series that meets twice a week beginning October 18th, ending November 22nd  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00pm at the Wellness Center for NDSU students. Cost: $10. Register online at:

Photo Voice Group

This year the NDSU Counseling Center is collaborating with the NDSU Department of Pharmacy to conduct research on the use of Photovoice in creating an opportunity for students to tell their individual stories about living with depression at NDSU.  Photovoice allows clients to share their experiences in a group setting via images that they capture throughout the week using cameras. It can help build community and create support for clients through visual accounts and may help others and the individual understand their experiences related to depression. Participation is limited, and recruitment for this project will begin in September. For more information contact the Dr. Bill Burns ( or Dr. Amber Bach-Gorman (

Meditation for Stress Management And Improved Focus

Meets weekly throughout the Fall and Spring on Mondays 3:00-4:00, and throughout the Summer 2:00-3:00 in the Counseling Center Gathering Room (no meetings on university holidays). 

The Meditation Group offered by the Counseling Center is a chance to get together with others in the NDSU community to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, and well-being. The group, which has been ongoing since Fall 2001, is open to NDSU students, faculty, and staff, and is free of charge. All levels are welcome! Beginners can learn and practice meditation basics, while those more experienced with meditation can maintain their meditation practice in an informal group environment.

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.

New members are always welcome, and no advance registration is necessary; feel free to show up any time during the semester if interested! (Please note however, that due to space constraints, if the room is full with regular participants on a given week, we may not always be able to accommodate those who are attending for a class credit assignment). Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and be sure to arrive on time since the door is locked once the meditation begins. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available, depending on preference. All sessions are held in the Counseling Center, 212 Ceres Hall, in the group testing room; please stop to announce yourself at the reception desk before proceeding back to the room.

Please keep watching this site for announcements of updates, cancellations and changes.

View our Meditation & Mindfulness Page, including general information, suggested readings and links to online audio meditations.

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! 

For fall 2016, the group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month beginning on September 13th, and is open to any NDSU student. To register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.


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 will be begin meeting on Fridays from 12pm to 1:30pm starting September 1st.  If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

SMART Recovery Group

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.  For more information, contact Amber Bach-Gorman at or by calling 231-7671.

Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

A weekly on-campus closed Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting will be meeting at the Alba Bales House each Wednesday at noon.  Any NDSU faculty, staff, or student is welcome to attend. For more information about  this meeting and other recovery services at NDSU, please email .

For additional information, please feel free to contact Amber Bach-Gorman at or at 231-7677.

 **Please note that this campus meeting is a closed AA meeting (only for those experiencing difficulties with alcohol themselves). For open AA meetings in the Fargo-Moorhead community, please check local listings on the AA web site,**

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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. 5120 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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