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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!


Mental Health First Aid Spring 2023

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 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training – free to members of the NDSU community (i.e., faculty, staff and students).  Registration includes all modules and materials necessary to obtain MHFA certification once completed.

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.  After registering participants will receive an email from the MHFA Learning Management System detailing how to create an account and access the course.

The In-Person Skills Application Session will be held from 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 8th or 9:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 2nd.  These sessions will be held in the Memorial Union.  In-person sessions are capped at 30 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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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!

Please call the Counseling Center  at 701-231-7671 for more information.
or email Jaryn Allen


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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 Multicultural Programs Office on campus (178 Memorial Union) on Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00 throughout the Spring 2023 semester.

Facilitated by: Terrijann MüllerDahlberg 

Contact: Please email to join. 

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New to NDSU Group

Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 at the Counseling Center

This group is for undergraduates in their first year at NDSU (both freshmen and transfer students). Members of this group will have the chance to make connections with other first year students who are looking to get to know new people in a quiet and relaxed setting. We will also spend time learning about the NDSU and Fargo community, including resources, area events, and other information that will help students feel at home and a sense of belonging. Students may join at any time, but please email prior to attending your first group.

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SSG (Survivor's Support Group)

SSG (Survivor's Support Group) is a support group for students who have experienced some form of sexual violence/assault and are looking for a safe space. Attending support groups can be extremely beneficial in forming relationships with other survivors while processing the aftereffects of unwanted sexual experiences. SSG will be held every Friday 12:00-1:00 in a private location within the Memorial Union.

If you are interested in joining SSG, please call the NDSU Counseling Center (701.231.7671) or email or to schedule a brief pre-screening.

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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. Spring 2023 dates and times to be announced--please stay tuned!

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 while trying something new, all while meeting new people.

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 1:00-2:30 every Tuesday at the Counseling Center.

If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email .


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Health Concerns Support Group

Many students on our campus struggle with chronic pain, digestive issues, migraines, or other on-going health challenges that make 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. If you are interested in joining this support group as a safe place to discuss these challenges & help one another.

Meets Fridays from 2:00-2:50 at the Counseling Center. If you are interested in joining this support group as a safe place to discuss these challenges and help one another, please contact Jaryn Allen at  

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Men's Mental Health Support Group

Fridays from 4:00-4:50 pm, starting 1/27/23
This weekly men's group is an open format discussion forum where male-identified NDSU students can share their experiences and insights on a range of topics related to academi challenges, relationships, career goals and purpose, masulinity culture, substance use concerns, and changing habits. 

The group, led by a male-identified counselor, provides a saafe and supportive environment for men to explore these topics and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others.  Through open dialogue and honest sharing, participants can gain new perspectives, learn coping strategies, and build a sense of community and comeraderie. No pre-registration is needed.  If you are interested in learning more about or joining this group, please email

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LGBTQ+ Student Support Group

Fridays from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Counseling Center, starting 1/27/23
The LGBTQ+ Student Support Group is open to all NDSU students who identify as LGBTQ+, including those who are questioning or wanting to further explore their identity. Throughout the semester, we'll talk about our queer identities and expeiriences and form community together. 

If you are interested in attending, please email one of the co-facilitators, Kamryn Holtz (they/them) or Ben Gilbert (he/they) 

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Graduate Student Support Group


Graduate Student Support Group

This group is a place for graduate students to meet & provide support for one another while discussing the rigors and challenges of personal & academic life. Students may join at any time during the semester. For questions, 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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