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Steven HassanSteven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC

Overview of Freedom of Mind

Freedom of Mind Resource Center, Inc. was founded by Steven Hassan, PhD to help educate and rescue victims of undue influence and mind control, and to help them recover.

We seek to educate the public, mental health professionals, lawmakers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and community leaders about how to identify and fight undue influence. Undue influence is at the heart of not only destructive cults, but also controlling relationships, violent extremism, trafficking, and parental alienation.

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Steven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC

Cult and destructive mind control expert, speaker, consultant, author, educator

Mental health professional, cult and undue influence expert Steven Hassan, PhD has been working in the field of religious and political cults for more than 40 years.  His expertise includes undue influence in cases of destructive one-on-one relationships, families, parental alienation, mini-cults, religious cults, therapy and self-improvement groups, professional abuse, institutional abuse, human trafficking, and hate and violent extremism. He writes and speaks out about the importance of viewing terrorist groups as destructive cults.  The author of several books and peer reviewed published papers, his most recent book is “The Cult of Trump.” 

In 1974, at the age of 19, Dr. Hassan was recruited into the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. After more than two years, his family successfully deprogrammed him from the cult. This experience led him to his work helping save others caught by the predatory influence of cult leaders, and gives him a unique personal perspective on the process of freeing the human mind from the effects of undue influence on individuals, families, and society.

Dr. Hassan holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College and a Doctorate in Organizational Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University School of Leadership Studies. He is a member of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Hassan is an experienced educator having served as an instructor for the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, as a presenter in the course Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and in other educational and training capacities for higher education, professional, law enforcement, governmental, non-governmental and advocacy group audiences.

He is Founding Director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, which provides training, consulting and support to individuals who are struggling to leave a cult, and to families and organizations that are concerned about cult behaviors. He developed the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), as an effective and legal intervention alternative for families to help cult members, the BITE (Behavior, Information, Thought, Emotional) Model of Authoritarian Control and the Influence Continuum model. Visit to access information and services including Dr. Hassan’s first foundational online course: “Understand Cults: The Basics.”

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Mental health professional, cult and undue influence expert Steven Hassan, PhD (pronounced /hɑːsɪn/) has been working in the field of relationship, group, and political cults for over 40 years. 


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Latest Book

The Cult of Trump

Free Press | Pub Date: October 15, 2019 | Hardcover ISBN: 9781982127336 | 320 pages |

The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Hassan’s book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Trump phenomenon and looking for a way forward.

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