The Stepped Care Model is a multi-tier system of services and programs that seeks to meet students where they are in the change process while promoting autonomy and empowerment. The most effective yet least resource intensive intervention is offered first; care is only stepped up to the next level with clinical evidence or prediction of student distress or need. Students are coached in the creation of connections within the Mines community that support ongoing thriving and belonging outside of the Counseling Center.

Goals of the Stepped Care Model include:
• Provide timely student access to mental health care and education
• Create individualized wellness and treatment plans in response to specific student needs
• Utilize a strengths-based approach by supporting maximum client autonomy within treatment
• Expose students to a variety of care services and tools to empower students to manage their wellbeing
• Connect students effectively with other campus resources and supports
• Incorporate technological resources in the support of student wellbeing
• Increase short-term and group interactions with students, allowing for more students to be served

Contact Us: 303-273-3377

Student Wellness Center
1770 Elm Street 2nd floor
Golden, CO 80401

8:00 am-5:00 pm



Learn more about your mental health by reading helpful articles, trying out TAO self-help or taking a self-assessment

Initial Visit

During an initial visit at the Counseling Center, the counselor, in collaboration with the student, will recommend options within the Counseling Center or the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.


Workshops that focus on a different topic each session to help students build skills to succeed at Mines and in life.

Emotional Wellbeing Workshops are an innovative series created to provide quick and useful tools without overburdening the busy schedules of Mines students. Each workshop is broken up into three sessions, provided once per week in 50-minute slots. Workshops come with a student workbook that will allow you to practice new skills between sessions.

Therapeutic Consultation

Meet with a counselor to focus on a specific problem that can be addressed in one session (including consultation regarding how you can help a friend in distress). 

TAO Treatment

TAO Treatment is an interactive, web-based program that provides well-researched and highly effective strategies to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common concerns. TAO allows you to get effective treatment when your schedule, or life, makes it hard to get to the Counseling Center. You will have access to highly effective therapy modules 24/7 and a dedicated time to meet with your therapist. The most recent research shows this treatment model shows progress equal to or exceeding face-to-face therapy.

Short-term Individual Therapy

The Counseling Center provides short term, solution-focused counseling. If there are issues that seem amenable to assistance within a brief time frame, they may be appropriate to be addressed at the Center. If it appears that long-term care or specialized services are indicated, Center staff will assist students in locating referral sources in the community that match their needs.

Case Management & Off Campus Referrals

Students in need of long-term or specialized counseling may benefit from our Care Coordination service. The Case Manager can help select a provider in the community, with consideration of insurance, location and specialties to ensure students are connected to the appropriate level of care needed.