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.
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:
- Residence Life Staff
- Academic Advisors
- Student Affairs Employees
- 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 29: 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 compromised 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. Cost: $15. Contact Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Jaryn.email@example.com if interested.
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 (William.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Amber Bach-Gorman (email@example.com).
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.
Meditation for Stress Management And Improved Focus
IMPORTANT UPCOMING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FALL 2016:
- Monday August 22 is the first day of the fall semester, and on that day we begin meeting at the regular fall semester meeting time, Mondays at 3:00.
- We will also meet on August 29 at 3:00.
- We will not be meeting on Monday September 5 (Labor Day), Monday September 12, or Monday September 19.
- We will meet Wednesday September 14, but it may be more crowded that day because we will be advertising it as part of Mental Health NDSU week.
- On September 26th and thereafter for the remainder of the semester, we will continue to meet regularly on Mondays at 3:00 (other than university holidays).
Meets weekly throughout the Fall and Spring Mondays 3:00-4:00, and throughout the Summer 2:00-3:00 in the Counseling Center Gathering Room (no meetings on university holidays).
Please make note of the following policies and procedures:
Due to the recent heavy volume of students being assigned for class credit to come to the Meditation for Stress Management group, I will be implementing the following new policies for the group:
In order to prioritize people who wish to be part of the group on an ongoing basis, those who are attending the group primarily for a class assignment will be given a number based on their order of arrival, and asked to wait in the waiting room prior to group. At the start of the group, if there are still spots available after other attendees are seated in the group room, the people there for a class assignment will be invited in by the order of their numbers (the group size will be limited to 10 people all together). Thank you in advance for making note of these new policies and procedures.
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 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 avalable, depending on preference. All sessions are held in the Counseling Center, 212 Ceres Hall, in the group testing room. (Note: Please stop to announce yourself at the reception desk before proceeding back to the room.)
It is not necessary to come to all the meetings in order to attend the group; you are welcome to attend whenever you can. Please note, however, that it is important to arrive on time when you come, as the door is locked promptly at the start of meditation to avoid interruptions.
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.
Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop
Free 8-week workshop at the Counseling Center for NDSU students, faculty, and staff!
According to author Jon Kabat-Zinn, "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment." (Kabat-Zinn, J. ,1994, Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.p. 4).
Mindfulness is a way of being in which you bring 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.
This workshop is geared towards those who are either brand new or relatively new to mindfulness. It can either stand alone, or serve as a precursor for those who would like more familiarity with mindfulness before attending the Counseling Center's ongoing weekly Meditation for Stress Management Group (see above).
Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of discussion, readings, handouts, and a variety of experiential mindfulness meditation 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.
The weekly topics are as follows:
Week 1) Introduction/Automatic Pilot
Week 2) Mindfulness of the Body
Week 3) Mindfulness of the Breath
Week 4) Radical Acceptance
Week 5) Mindfulness of Thoughts
Week 6) Mindfulness of Emotions
Week 7) Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
Week 8) Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation
This free 8-week workshop will meet weekly on Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. September 29th through November 17th at the he Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) gathering room.
Advance sign-up (by calling the Counseling Center, 701-231-7671) is necessary before 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 23rd in order to plan appropriately for the number of participants.
Please note that attendance at all 8 sessions is mandatory, both because each session builds on the next, and also because group discussions will be an important part of the workshop--so each member’s participation adds to the benefit of the group experience. Additionally, there will be required homework assigned each week, consisting of at least 10 minutes a day of meditation. This is because the only way to learn mindfulness and see the results is to practice!
Please also note that in order to participate in the Intro. to Mindfulness Workshop, you must be part of the NDSU campus community (student, faculty, or staff member).
For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
**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, http://www.aa.org/**