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Steven Alan Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC

Steven Hassan has been involved in educating the public about mind control and destructive cults since 1976.

He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). He holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College.

He also wrote "Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults" (1988) and "Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves" (2000).

Both books have received extensive praise from former cult members, families of former members, clergy, cult experts, and psychologists; people from all walks of life interested in the problems that destructive cults pose for the world today.

Early Years

Deceptively recruited into the Moon organization at the age of nineteen while a student at Queens College, Steven spent twenty-seven months recruiting and indoctrinating new members, fundraising, political campaigning and personally meeting with Sun Myung Moon during numerous leadership sessions.

Steven ultimately rose to the rank of Assistant Director of the Unification Church at National Headquarters.

Following a serious automobile accident, several former members at his parents request deprogrammed him. Once he realized the insidious nature of the organization, he authorized police officials to take possession of his personal belongings, which included a massive set of private speeches documenting Moon's secret plan to take over the world.

During the 1977-78 Congressional Subcommittee Investigation into South Korean CIA activities in the United States, he consulted as an expert on the Moon organization and provided information and internal documents regarding Moon's desire to influence politics in his bid to "take over the world."

In 1979, following the Jonestown tragedy, Steven founded EX-MOON Inc., a non-profit educational organization composed of over four hundred former members of the Moon group. Although now defunct, it was the first and largest ex-member organization in the world.


Steven founded the Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc., a counseling and publishing organization dedicated to helping people to become psychologically empowered, upholding human rights, promoting consumer awareness and exposing abuses of destructive cult groups.

In his commitment to fight against destructive cults, Steven devotes a major portion of his time and energy to preventive education. In this function he has addressed hundreds of campus, religious and professional organizations throughout the world.

Steve's Approach

Steven has pioneered a new approach to helping victims of mind control called the Strategic Interaction Approach (SIA). Unlike the stressful and sensationalized "deprogramming", this non-coercive approach is an effective and legal alternative for families to help cult members. This approach utilizes family and friends and teaches them how to strategically influence the individual involved in the group.

Using his SIA technique, Steve over the years has already helped literally thousands of persons victimized by destructive cult-related mind control.


Steve's work has been praised by cult experts, cult counselors, mental health professionals, religious leaders, former cult members, family and friends of cult members, psychologists, law officials, and educators.

During his many years of work, he has been asked to provide numerous training workshops and seminars for mental health professionals, educators and law enforcement officers, as well as for families of cult members.

As a cult expert, cult counselor, and mental health professional, Steve has appeared on innumerable television and radio shows.

Newspapers and magazine the world round extensively quote Steve Hassan.

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Combatting Cult Mind Control
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Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves
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The Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc. was established by cult expert Steve Hassan.