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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!

Two sessions offered for the coming academic year, at Memorial Union:

Thursday, 9.16.21 from 12:00-12:50pm. Room of Nations
Tuesday, 2.22.22 at 12:00-12:50pm. Prairie Rose

Please call the Counseling Center  at 701-231-7671 to register.
If questions, please email Jaryn Allen


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Mental Health First Aid 2021

NDSU to offer MHFA via Blended Learning Option

The NDSU Counseling Center, through funding provided by the NDSU Student Government and the NDUS System Office, is pleased to announce it is taking registrations for the blended learning option of MHFA training – free to members of the NDSU community (i.e., faculty, staff and students).  This includes the cost of the on-line training and in-person training, plus copies of the participant manual and the participant processing guide.

The blended learning option consists of participants completing a 2 hour self-paced online course, followed by a 4.5 hour in-person Skills Application instructor led session.  The self-paced online course must be completed prior to attending the in-person Skills Application session.  Both sessions must be completed to obtain MHFA certification (a three-year certification is awarded upon program completion).

To register, call the Counseling Center at 231-7671 and provide the Center with the information needed to participate in the on-line portion of the training.  Within 4 days of registering, participants will receive an email from the MHFA Learning Management System detailing how to create an account and access the course.

Next, select which in-person session you would like to attend.  In-Person Skills Application Sessions will be held from 9:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 – 2:30 PM on September 23, October 26, and December 1 and will be held in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union.  In-person sessions are capped at 12 participants per session.


MHFA teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.  This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What MHFA Covers

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse
  • How to interact with a person in crisis
  • How to connect someone with help
  • Newly added: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care

Call the Counseling Center at 231-7671 to register.

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Anxiety Toolbox

Anxiety Toolbox (open to all students) – Three Week Series on Tuesdays: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. Register by calling the Counseling Center 701-231-7671.

This workshop offers quick and effective tools for concerns with stress and anxiety that can help you build skills to manage these symptoms. The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety.  

First Series: OCT. 5th , OCT. 12, OCT. 19

Second Series: OCT. 26, NOV. 2, NOV. 9

Third Series: NOV. 16, NOV. 23, NOV. 30

For questions email Annette Vazquez at

Diversity, Solidarity and Empowerment Group

Diversity, Solidarity, and Empowerment Group

Who: This support group is intended for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC) students (undergraduate and graduate).
Purpose: To build support and solidarity. It is not a therapy group.

What: Each session is intended to hold space for conversation as we endeavor to unpack the complexities of racial trauma. We may discuss current affairs, books, movies, and or personal racial experiences.

When: Meets Weekly at the Counseling Center Gathering Room on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 throughout the Fall 2021 semester.

Facilitated by: Terrijann MüllerDahlberg 

Contact: Please email to join. 

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Graduate Student Support Group

This unique group provides a place for graduate students to meet and provide support for one other while discussing the rigors and challenges of personal and academic life. The group is open to graduate students in any NDSU program. Meetings occur on Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm starting September 8th, and students may join at any time. For questions or to sign-up, email

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Health Concerns Group

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. This group is open to any NDSU student with a chronic health condition; no pre-registration necessary, feel free to show up if interested. Meets at the Counseling Center Thursdays at 2:00 beginning on September 9th. Please contact Jaryn Allen at if questions.  

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Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group

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.

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

When: Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 throughout the Fall 2021 semester, starting Oct. 6th 2021.  

Where: NDSU Counseling Center, Ceres Hall 212

Who (Facilitator): Contact person for questions about USO—Annette Vazquez (Ruiz)

If interested in joining, please call our front desk at 701-231-7671 and ask to schedule an initial consultation appointment.

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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. Sessions will be held on  Friday 10.1.21, Friday 11.5.21, and Friday 12.3.21 from  4-5pm.

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


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Art In Therapy

Art in Therapy

We are excited to offer Art in Therapy again this year and encourage any student who is interested in learning more about themselves and building new skills for stress management to attend this group. You need not have any artistic skills to participate and experience the benefits from Art in Therapy, simply a willingness to learn a variety of new skills, a chance to learn more about yourself, all while trying something new.

We will have a variety of projects for both intentional discovery and self-reflection. This will allow you to experience how engagement in expressive arts can improve your social interaction which might help you meet and build new relationships with others in the group.

No pre-registration is needed. The Art in Therapy space will be available from 10:30-12:00 every Tuesday at the Counseling Center Gathering Room.  If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email .


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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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