Voluntary ¡°Teacher Chang¡±

The volunteers of ¡°Teacher Chang¡± are part-time counselors with college degree who enjoy contacting with people and identify themselves with the service spirit of ¡°Teacher Chang¡±. They are selected to receive a series of professional training programs and they must qualify themselves by passing strict screening tests. Their job is to undertake the first line counseling services, such as: counseling interview, telephone counseling, correspondence counseling and group counseling

  Full-Time ¡°Teacher Chang¡±

The full-time staffs of ¡°Teacher Chang¡± are professional counselors with bachelor¡¯s or master¡¯s degrees of counseling related fields who have passed China Youth Corps¡¯ full-time staff screening. Their major responsibilities are planning and promoting various counseling programs as well as researching, training and supervising voluntary counselors.


  Advisory Directors and Organization Development Directors

Advisory directors are scholars and experts who are invited from counseling related fields to help improve and enhance the quality of counseling services voluntarily. Organization development directors are enthusiastic persons who are invited to give advice and suggestions to promote the development of the organization.

Currently, in ¡°Teacher Chang¡±, there are over 1,000 voluntary counselors, 46 full-time counselors and more than 300 advisory directors and organization development directors through out the island working together to promote the physical and mental growth of the youth.


  Professional Counseling Training

Guidance of ¡°Teacher Chang¡± is set up to provide professional pre-service and in-service training for volunteer and full-time counselors, and also assist other organizations to manage counseling related training to cultivate high quality professionals.


  Professional Training on Mental Health Promotion Educators

This is to sponsor various training programs and workshops concerning mental health promotion, such as: stress management, interpersonal relationship, romantic relationship, effective parenthood, to cultivate professionals to implement mental health programs and activities.


  Research and Development

In order to enhance professional services, understanding of social issues and demand of the development of the organization, the researches are conducted to explore the youth¡¯s needs, evaluate the performance of counseling services and assess the effectiveness of recruitment and training methods of ¡°Teacher Chang¡±. ¡°Teacher Chang¡± also encourages and rewards those graduate students who focus their researches on such subjects. The result is an improvement in the academic level of domestic guidance and counseling work and as an important reference of organization development.


  Ethics and Beliefs at ¡°Teacher Chang¡±
  1. Sound physical and mental health, and graceful manners.
  2. Caring and patient qualities; enthusiastic and diligent work attitude.
  3. Willing to cooperate with others in order to polish an effective teamwork.
  4. Open to continuous personal and professional growth.
  5. Trustworthiness, honesty, and punctuality.
  6. Keep work-related and client¡¯s information strictly confidential.
  7. Seek advice from experts in dealing with cases beyond one¡¯s own expertise.
  8. Avoid personal emotional involvement and maintain a simple professional relationship.
  9. In accordance with professional goals, all decisions must be taken on behalf of client¡¯s benefits.
  10. Avoid discussing or criticizing other ¡°Teacher Chang¡± in front of clients.


1. Help the youth to resolve developmental problems and troubles.
2. Promote the youth grow healthily.
3. Cultivate talented persons to serve the youth.
4. Create supportive environment for the youth.
5. Advocate the ideals and actions of caring for the youth.



1. Counseling interview
2. Telephone counseling
3. Correspondence counseling
4. Online counseling
5. Psychological assessment service
6. Group counseling
7. Home visit
8. School visit
9. Referral service



1. Radio broadcast
2. Lecture tours on campus
3. Printed media dissemination
4. Electronic media dissemination
5. Mental health information websites
6. Business counseling
7. Psychological education center

¡°Teacher Chang¡± promotes a philosophy of ¡°lifetime education¡± and designs a variety of curriculum programs for people of different age level by means of workshops, seminars, lectures, group activities to meet the needs of every development stage and help them develop fully in their lives and careers.


The Founding of ¡°Teacher Chang¡±

To meet the needs of the youth in modern society and care for their welfare, the China Youth Corps established the Youth Counseling Center (¡°Teacher Chang¡±) on November 11, 1969. Today, ¡°Teacher Chang¡± has a total of 14 Counseling Guidance Centers in 13 counties and cities. Using a wide range of counseling strategies, and with a focus on promoting mental health activities, ¡°Teacher Chang¡± assists the youth and the society to resolve psychological and daily life problems to promote personal and social developments.


The Growth and Expansion of ¡°Teacher Chang¡±
  Creation (1960-1969)


Youth Issues Research Center established to engage in the work related to the promotion of psychological counseling for the youth.

-1969: Youth Counseling Center (¡°Teacher Chang¡±) established.
  Consolidation (1969-1979)

¡°Teacher Chang¡± Centers established in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Keelung, Changhua, and Tainan. ¡°Teacher Chang¡± Mail Boxes set up in I-lan, Hualien, Hsinchu, Miaoli and Yunlin county.


  Growth (1979-1989)



Counseling Guidance Training Center established in Taipei. Taichung Youth Half-Way Sheltered House set up in Taichung.
-Assisted to train counseling personnel in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore to spread the ideals of counseling work.
-1982: Living Psychology magazine published.
-1987: ¡°China Youth Guidance Foundation¡± was founded to combine social resources to enhance the service.
  Development (1989-)
  -1992: Department of Counseling Guidance established in the Headquarters of China Youth Corps to coordinate the work of all ¡°Teacher Chang¡± centers nationwide. All service centers name-changed from Youth Counseling Center into Counseling Guidance Center.
-1996: ¡°Teacher Chang¡± in Kaohsiung upgraded from Guidance Section of local Task Committee of CYC to Counseling Guidance Center and began to offer service online.
-1998: ¡°Teacher Chang¡± in Taichung upgraded from Guidance Section of local Task Committee of CYC to Counseling Guidance Center. The ¡°China Youth Guidance Foundation¡± renamed ¡°Teacher Chang¡± Foundation.
Service Accomplishments

-The ¡°Teacher Chang¡± program has already provided over 2 million counseling sessions. Furthermore, over 13 million person/hours attended ¡°Teacher Chang¡± mental health programs and activities.

-The ¡°Teacher Chang¡± program has provided over 6,000 articles in special columns and mail boxes, and has been interviewed by media over 15,000 times. In addition, over 100 research papers have been published focused on the topics of our service work.

-10,000 individuals were provided with psychological counseling following the September 21 Earthquake of 1999 in Taiwan.


Honors and Awards
-1992: ¡°Award of Social Order Development¡± of the ¡°Harmony Awards of Social Movement¡± by ROC Social Movement Association.
-1994: ¡°Golden Medal for Social Benefit¡± of the ¡°History Makers: Taiwan Planning Models¡± sponsored by the ROC Association of Planners and the United Daily News.
-1999: ¡°Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Youth¡± awarded by National Youth Commission, Executive Yuen.
-1999: ¡°Top Ten Outstanding Contributors to Social Harmony¡± by the Faku Shan Educational Foundation.
-2000: ¡°Outstanding Group Contribution to Social Education Development¡± awarded by Ministry of Education.


Future Prospects for ¡°Teacher Chang¡±

-Continue to enhance the professional level through strict training program and continuous improvement of counseling services.

-Develop guidance and counseling models more appropriate to the society of Chinese culture by building on past experiences and the incorporation of opinions from experts and academics.

-Expand the scope of services, simplify administrative procedures and create services beyond the limitation of time and space by implementing information management technology throughout the program.

-Create ¡°Teacher Chang¡± into a resource center in the local community to provide more services by combining various social resources and expanding facilities of the counseling center.

-Strengthen the services for business employees to assist them self-grow and gain sense of accomplishment from their contribution to the work, and finally promote harmonious relationship between labor and management.

-Learn and introduce new and effective counseling theories and techniques employed in other countries, assist China and countries in Southeast Asia to promote their guidance programs.

-Provide unique baskets of services for different population to diversify counseling and preventive services.