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Since 1976, cult expert Steven Hassan has helped people with destructive cults, mind control, brainwashing, parental alienation, estrangement, unethical hypnosis, abusive relationshipshuman trafficking, multi-level marketing, violent extremism & other forms of undue influence.

Steven works continually to develop further as a cult expert. He has been pursuing a doctorate at Fielding Graduate University in Organizational Change and Development. His faculty mentor is Judith Stevens-Long, Ph.D. He intends to resume his studies in September 2019. Michael Commons is his external faculty mentor and is supervising quantitative research on the factors of control that characterize undue influence.

*Update* – Peer-reviewed article available for free until the end of May:

Hassan, S., Shah, M.J. The anatomy of undue influence used by terrorist cults and traffickers to induce helplessness and trauma, so creating false identities. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (2019) 8, 97-107 Elsevier Masson SAS. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemep.2019.03.002 

Leading Cult Specialist Steven Hassan Speaks at TEDx 2018


Although cults and other forms of undue influence affect hundreds of thousands of Americans at any given time, resources are extremely limited for those exiting destructive environments. The cult specialists at Freedom of Mind Resource Center provide critical help for those in need.

  • Exit Guidance – acute, intensive care with people who understand cults and the damage they cause

  • Professional Training – increasing the stock of mental health professionals and first responders across the nation who can help identify and assist people being exploited

  • Education – understanding cult tactics makes people less vulnerable to recruitment

It’s your mind, only you should control it!


The first weeks and months after leaving a cult situation can be extremely challenging, as the former member must rebuild a life while reconnecting with their authentic self. We work with ex-members to accelerate their recovery, build a strong sense of self-mastery, connect to their personal goals, and build strong, healthy relationships.

Learn more on our Healing and Recovery Services page.

It can be devastating to watch someone you know and love fall into a destructive situation – whether a religious cult, abusive and controlling romantic relationship, or radical political enclave. We offer educational resources as well as specialized personal consulting services for people worried about their loved ones in dangerous situations.

Visit our Help For A Person In Trouble page for more information and to connect with our team.

Training for therapists, social workers, and others in the mental health profession rarely covers the specifics of helping a person exiting a cult. Our experts have decades of experience in a narrow and delicate field, and we want to share that knowledge far and wide.

See our Speaking and Training page for more information and to sign up for updates on webinars and other training opportunities.

Destructive cults and undue influence are a serious public safety concern. We offer specialized training to help law enforcement officials understand and identify victims of human trafficking, violent extremism, and other risks to the community.

See our Speaking and Training page to learn more and set up a training workshop in your area.

You don’t have to be personally affected by cults and undue influence to want to know more! Education can serve as a powerful inoculation against abuse and manipulation, so we encourage anyone with an interest to read about the experiences of people in destructive cults, how to spot when a friend or family member could be a victim, and learn about the path back to self confidence and the authentic self.

Check out Steve Hassan’s books for further reading, or dig into the blog page.

Steven Hassan speaks at TEDx 2018




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