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!
Tues., Sept. 24, 12 – 1
Wed., Oct. 16, 12 – 1
Mon., Nov. 18, 1 – 2
Thurs., Jan. 23, 11 – 12
Fri., Feb. 21, 1 – 2
Wed., Mar. 25, 12 – 1
Tues., Apr. 14, 12 – 1
All of the presentations will take place in the Prairie room except for the one in January which will take place in Hidatsa. We hope to see you there!
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. To register, go to Campus Connection and search EDUC 123-01.
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:
- Residence Life Staff
- Academic Advisors
- Student Affairs Employees
- Coaches and Athletic Personnel
For questions, please contact Bill (William.email@example.com )
When: Part 1: Tuesday, October 8th, 8:00 AM-Noon
Part 2: Thursday, October 10th, 8:00 AM-Noon
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.
Understanding Self and Others (USO) Group
What: A place to gains skills to better understand yourself, others, and relationships (see below)
When: Weekly on Fridays from 12:00-1:30, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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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.
Mindfulness 3-Week Workshops
Mindfulness 3-Week Workshops
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. Additionally, practicing mindfulness can improve ability to cope with challenges that affect many college students, such as stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and difficulties with concentration/focus For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page.
This 3-week workshop for students is geared towards those who are either brand new or relatively new to mindfulness. Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of lessons, discussion, 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 three sessions are as follows: Week 1) Introduction and Basic Practices; Week 2) Breath Awareness, Mindfulness of Thoughts, and Formal Sitting Practice; Week 3) Radical Acceptance, Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness of Emotions.
Meets at the Counseling Center Gathering Room for 90 minutes on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00, with the 3-week sequence repeating throughout the semester (no meetings on university holidays); start dates for the sequence are 9/19, 10/10, 10/31, and 11/21. Please note that once you sign-up for one of the 3-week workshops, attendance at all 3 sessions will be important, as the lessons go in order and fit together as a whole.
Please make an appointment at the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) if interested in joining this workshop!
If questions, please contact email@example.com
Art Therapy Group
We are excited to offer Art Therapy again this year and encourage any student who is interested in learning new outlets for understanding self and building skills for stress management to attend this group! Students need not have any artistic skills to participate and experience the benefits from Art Therapy, simply a willingness to try something new. This year we will have a variety of projects from which to choose, and will allow students to experience how engagement in expressive arts can offer therapeutic benefits. We will supply certain materials to get you started for several weeks worth of projects, and if you choose to continue attending beyond that, we will point you in some directions to purchase art materials that you can bring to work on in group.
Students may attend once or many times, depending on interest or need. No pre-registration is needed. The Art Therapy space will be available from 3-5p every Tuesday. If you are interested in more info or would like to consult about this group, please email Teresa DeMers at Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm. If interested, please contact the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.
Health Concerns Discussion
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.
Meets Tuesdays from 1-2:30 for Fall 2019. If you are interested in joining this support group as a safe place to discuss these challenges and help one another, please contact email@example.com or 701.231.7845 so we can come together and support one another.
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.
Treats from Nichole’s Fine Pastries will be served!
All dates are open to the first eight students to register (with a limit of one attendance per semester). Fall 2019 dates and times TBS, stay tuned for details!
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 is open to all NDSU students, and will held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the following Fridays for Fall 2019: September 6th, October 11, November 15th and WEDNESDAY Dec 11th.
Advance registration necessary; to register, please call the Counseling Center at 231-7671. For questions, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Meditation Sessions For NDSU Students
The Mindfulness Meditation open sessions provide an opportunity for NDSU students to get together to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, focus, calm, and well-being in an informal, friendly environment. Mindfulness meditation practice involves strengthening our ability to be present in each moment with openness, compassion, and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation or concentration technique, mindfulness practice engenders a way of being that can allow us to respond differently to life’s ups and downs. With regular, continued practice over time, it can lead to improved stress management and focus.
Each week will involve a 20-30 minute mindfulness meditation session, followed by a brief mindfulness group discussion regarding how we are applying mindfulness in our daily lives. This group is intended both for those participants from Mindfulness Workshop who wish to continue practicing what they have learned, and also open to any other NDSU students 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 time during the semester. Please note that space allows for up to 10 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This group will meet weekly on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 beginning on August 26th until the end of the fall semester, in the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) gathering room. No advance registration or weekly commitment necessary; feel free to show up on any of the Mondays if interested!
Equine (horse) Therapy Group
Thursdays (9:30am-11am) beginning October 3rd-November 21st f at Shepperd Arena, please email email@example.com for information.
Emotional Fitness Workshop
3-session workshop Focusing on skills for social anxiety, panic attacks, and general anxiety and worry, skill building and understanding depression.
Please call for an appointment at the Counseling Center (701-231-7671) if interested in joining this workshop!