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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 (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 Minard Hall Room 302, from 8.21.17 to 12.15.17. To register, go to Campus Connection and search EDUC 123-01.

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 3:30-5:00pm, beginning on August 31st

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

The group will be meeting Thursday morning from 9:30-11am at Shepherd Arena. Any female NDSU student, age 18-24 years old, struggling with anxiety is eligible. For further information or to register, please contact Amber at

Mindfulness Parts I and II

Please 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).

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 November 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 November 6th 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).  

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 meets Tuesdays 12:00-1:30 for Fall 2017.  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

 Fall 2017 Dates and Times: Tuesday October 31st  and Thursday November 2nd from 8:00 – Noon each day.

Training is free and open to the first 30 registrants; advance registration necessary.

For more information or to register for the training, please call the NDSU Counseling Center at 701-231-7671. .

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.  Refreshments will be served and all of this is free for the first eight students to register for each event. Meets from 3:30-5:00 at the Counseling Center on the following schedule:

September 7:   General Student Body

September 21:  First-Generation College Students

October 12:      General Student Body

October 26:      Sophomores

November 9:    General Student Body

November 30:  Graduate Students


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 Fall 2017:

September 22nd, October 20th, November 17th, December 8th

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



Weekly Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

A weekly on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting will be meeting the Memorial Union on 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,

Meetings for fall 2017 semester will be Wednesdays at noon in the MU Rec Center Conference Room, with the exceptions of 9/6/17, 10/4/17, 11/1/17, and 12/6/17. On those dates, the meeting will be in the MU Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room.

For more information about  this meeting and other recovery services at NDSU, 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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