"Steven Hassan is a compelling spokesman on the topic of cult mind control, which encompasses issues of human identity and our innate psychological vulnerability to dissociate. In addition, he educates and challenges us to think about the groups using mind control techniques in our culture, and how to help those affected reclaim their lives. His commitment to this neglected area of human experience is exemplary. At my invitation, Steven has taught psychiatry residents at Brigham and Women's Hospital about these issues for the last 14 years. Knowledge of these issues is crucial for all mental health professionals."
Mary K. McCarthy, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
"Steven Hassan's writings and life work fill a critical need in our health and our lives. Health care professionals have long ignored the essential role that social psychology and influence play in our efforts to be healing. Beyond the skills of therapeutic persuasion in our own clinical effectiveness, too many sources of undue influence pervade our culture to ignore its significance in health and illness. Our work must include investing in the resiliency of those for whom we care by teaching them to test their realities, to value their intuitions, to know their own minds. This is Hassan's mission. He succeeds largely because of his intelligence, passion and dedication. Those are contagious characteristics and just cause for due influence."
- Laurence I. Sugarman, M.D. F.A.A.P., A.B.M.H., Director and Research Professor, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology; Past-President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis. Co-author, Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents, second edition.
Steven Hassan has earned an M. Ed., he is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and he is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He strongly encourages therapists and other mental health workers to be alert to and understanding of the effects of previous mind-control experiences, on the part of their patients.
In Steve's opinion, the majority of mental health workers are not sufficiently informed about the ways in which the lasting and residual effects of mind control can present as though the patient is seriously delusional. Stories of bizarre and improbable occurrences and beliefs that make little sense outside of an understanding of a particular cult, often end with individuals being incorrectly diagnosed and subsequently suffering through inappropriate treatments.
Steven feels that it is crucial for all mental health workers to learn enough about mind control's effects in order to know how to screen for them so that if they are indeed present, an appropriate therapy or referral to specialists in the field could be better selected. To that end Steven gives trainings, presents to conferences and hospital staff, and encourages research and publications that address these issues.
He has presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital (Harvard) Boston, MA and McLean Hospital (Harvard Psychiatric) Belmont, MA among other venues.
Currently, the Freedom of Mind Center is designing courses, curriculum and training programs to be delivered and supervised by Steve, which will increase the availability of knowledgeable and effective professional counselors.
Steven is available to supervise professionals on specific cases or to discuss training options. Please call the office at 617-396-4638 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST) Monday - Friday. He also welcomes opportunities to present or teach workshops.
If you have published or wish to publish something pertaining to the issue of mind control, cults or the Strategic Interaction Approach, then please submit it to us. If you wish to be considered for entry into either our private or public database for possible referral, then please send us your vita, your areas of expertise, as well as your professional and client recommendations.
We strongly encourage you to read Steve’s two books as an excellent introduction to mind control and the process of recovery: Combatting Mind Control and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs.
In other areas of the site there are many articles written by Steven and others as well as personal reflections by ex-members of controlling groups and cults. Many professionals have found reading these to be well worth their time.
“…Steven Hassan’s approach is one that I value more than that of any other researcher or clinical practitioner…”
– Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.
Author of the Stanford Prison Experiment
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University
President of the American Psychological Association 2002,
Author of The Lucifer Effect