• Includes 9 sections and 9.2 hours of video instruction

    You will learn directly from Steven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC, and recognized destructive cult expert.

    (NOTE: Course content is the same as the “for Clinicians” version. The difference is the availability of CE Credits This course offers no CE Credits.)

  • No Prerequisites

    This is a first-of-it's-kind course is for anyone who is concerned about harmful influence in cases of destructive religious and political cults, human trafficking, extremist and terrorist groups, one-on-one relationships, families, parental alienation, mini-cults, therapy and self-improvement groups, professional and institutional abuse, corporate and multi-level marketing programs, and harmful belief systems.

  • Exams, Credits & Certificates

    Students will have exam questions to successfully complete the course.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    - Freedom of Mind Certificate of Completion

    CE Credits are only available through the "with CE" version of this course


Steven Hassan PhD

Steven Hassan, PhD, is a licensed mental health counselor who has been educating the public about mind control, brainwashing, and destructive cults since 1976. He’s the author of Combating Cult Mind Control: The Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults; Freedom of Mind; The Cult of Trump, and he is the founder of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center.

Course Curriculum

    1. PDF notes with thumbnails to download to accompany Dr. Steve Hassan's course for clinicians.

    1. Module 1: Bio-Psycho-Social Framework (2:54:03)

    1. Module 2: Vulnerability and Recruitment (49:08)

    1. Module 3: Examining Destructive Cults (51:28)

    1. Module 4: Influence and Control (35:31)

    1. Module 5: Mind Control (37:12)

About This Course

  • $499.99
  • 9.5 hours of video content


“As a medical doctor with decades of experience, I wish to say that I very much enjoyed the content and I think it is incredibly well done.
The course is highly comprehensive, and I do believe that anyone who takes all the modules will come out with a very good understanding of this topic.
If everyone took this course and absorbed the messages, the world would be a much safer and more loving place for all.”

Richard Parker, MD


Those interested in understanding cults and other harmful undue influence situations.

  • Concerned family and friends

  • People in recovery

  • Middle school, high school, college, and university communities (students, parents, educators, staff, student life, and counseling)

  • Community and advocacy organizations

  • Researchers & students writing papers and dissertations

  • Health and wellness professionals and coaches

  • Legal professionals

  • Financial advisors, law enforcement and military legislators, government and non-governmental organizations, media, other people who want to help

Everyone should understand the dangers of destructive authoritarian cults.


  • Will I get a certificate?

    Yes - you will receive Freedom of Mind certificate of completion.

  • Are there exam questions?

    Yes, there are exam questions which are required to complete the course.

  • Are there any prerequisites to taking this course?

    No. This course is available to anyone.

  • Do I need to take the "Understanding Cults: The Basics" course first?

    No. Content in the "Basics" course is included in this more in-depth "Foundational Course".

  • Is there a difference in the content between the "with CE" and "without CE" versions of the "Understanding Cults: A Foundational Course for Clinicians" courses?

    Ultimately, no. The content is the same, however to obtain CE credits, you must meet the requirements for completing the "CE" version of the course.