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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

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.

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 Thursdays 2:00-3:30 for summer 2017.  If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

Fall 2017: Introduction To Mindfulness I and II

Now reorganized into parts I and II, with revised with additional content emphasizing self-compassion practices!

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.   For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page.

Part I:

This free 8-week 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 mindfulness part two (weekly mindfulness meditation and discussion group, formerly called  “Meditation for Stress Management Group”).

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. 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 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 and Self-Compassion
Week 5) Mindfulness of Thoughts
Week 6) Mindfulness of Emotions
Week 7) Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
Week 8) Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation

This  8-week workshop will meet weekly on Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 p.m. September 11th through October 30th at the 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. Wednesday September 6th in order to plan appropriately for the number of participants.

Please note: attendance at the first session is mandatory in order to attend the remainder of the workshop. In addition, we request that you commit to attend all 8 sessions if at all possible, 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.

Part II (formerly “Meditation for Stress Management and Improved Focus”) This group will meet weekly on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 beginning on October 6th (directly after Part One ends), and will continue to the end of the semester. Mindfulness Part two will provide 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. Each week will involve a group meditation followed by a discussion of how we are applying mindfulness in our daily lives. It is intended both for those participants from part one 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 October 11th until the end of the semester (Please note that due to space constraints, if the room is full with regular participants on a given week, we may not be able to accommodate those who are attending for a class credit assignment).  

Please also note that in order to participate in the either part I or II of the Introduction 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

NASSP: Native American Students Standing Proud


Native American Students Standing Proud (NASSP)

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. Will be held in The Alba Bales House (date and time TBA). 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


When: Part 1: Tuesday, March 28, 8:00 AM – Noon
            Part 2: Thursday, March 30, 8:00 AM – Noon

 Where: NDSU Memorial Union (snacks and beverages provided)

 Register:  Advance registration necessary by calling the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671. 

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.

DeStress in the Dirt

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 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.

Spring dates and times TBA--please check back!


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 FREE class for NDSU students comprised of 45 minutes of Yoga for all fitness levels, followed by 15 minutes of guided de-stress exercises. The 8 week series  meets Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 Feb. 2 through April 6  at the Wellness Center.·    Questions/Need more information? Contact or

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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, and will be the 4th Friday of each month. The dates are as follows:  1/27, 2/24, 3/31 and 4/28 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. To register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.


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. Spring meeting time is Thurdays from 1:30-3:00 at Alba Bales House.   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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