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CEDU was one of the pioneers of the industry based on outsourcing of your
It was founded by Mel Wasserman - an therapeutic program started in the
1960's based loosely on the book The Profit by
Gibran. Sources varies but most state that the organization was started
in 1967, when he bought property in the hills east of Los Angeles.
Others stated that he actually began his work in the business in 1965, when
he - at that time running a furniture store - started to take restless youth
into his household.
CEDU was pronounced "See-do". A motto did say: "See
yourself as you are and do something about it."
Before starting CEDU, Wasserman had sponsored children for another
program - Synanon.
However when Synanon turned into a cult, he started on his own.
Old CEDU Period (196x - about 1990)
The original CEDU program did not believe in use of psychological
medicine. They used hour long group therapy called raps, which left children
crying in the end. Today it would be called psychodrama.
New CEDU period (1990 - 2005)
Brown school period:
It closed in early 2005 due to financial problems