Content | Navigation |

Counseling Center


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 (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 in Ladd Hall 114, start date January 10, 2018. To register, go to Campus Connection and search EDUC 123-03.

Anxiety Toolbox 3-Week Workshops

Anxiety toolbox focuses on skills for social anxiety, panic attacks, and general anxiety and worry.

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

Getting Unstuck 3-Week Workshops

Getting unstuck focuses on skill building and understanding depression. Please call for an appointment at the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) if interested in joining this workshop!

Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

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

When: Weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m., beginning on January 11th, with open enrollment (you can join at any time).

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.

Equine Therapy Group for Anxiety

Dates and times TBA, please email for information.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

Please note that in order to participate in Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop, you must be part of the NDSU campus community (student, faculty, or staff).

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.

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).

Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of discussion, readings, 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 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 January 29th  through April 2nd at the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) Gathering Room (no meetings on 2/19th or 3/12th due to holidays).

Advance sign-up (by calling the Counseling Center, 701-231-7671) is necessary before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday January 24th  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).


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 Tuesdays 12:00-1:30 for Spring 2018, beginning January 9th.  If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

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

Spring 2018 Dates and Times:

Part 1: Tuesday, March 6,   8:15 AM – Noon

Part 2: Thursday, March 8, 8:15 AM – Noon

 Where: 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


DeStress in the Dirt

DeStress in the Dirt gives 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.


 All sessions are on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00.

Feb. 8      Paperwhite narcissus planter

Feb. 22    Paperwhite narcissus planter

Mar. 8      Paperwhite narcissus planter

Mar. 29    Paperwhite narcissus planter

Apr. 5       Spring flowering garden

Apr. 19     Spring flowering garden

 For more information and to register, contact the Counseling Center at 231-7671.

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 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 held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the following dates for Spring 2018:

Friday, Jan 19th , Friday, February 16th , Friday, March 23rd , Friday, April 20th

To register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671.



Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

A weekly on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting meets  on campus Wednesdays at noon (please see room information below).  This is a closed meeting for any NDSU faculty, staff, or student who is experiencing difficulties with alcohol themselves (for open AA meetings in the Fargo-Moorhead community, please check local listings on the AA web site,

For details about  this meeting and other recovery services at NDSU, please email .

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

Follow NDSU
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Google Maps

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
Published by NDSU Counseling Center


Last Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:45:51 AM
Privacy Statement