Helping the FLDS in Crisis: What One Outsider Never Expected to Find Behind the FLDS Walls

Unlike traditional psychology, positive psychology is the study of mental wellness – what people do right, how to increase happiness, what helps communities flourish. This presenter moved to Hildale, Utah, expecting to find the sad and dangerous culture represented in the media. Instead she found mothers and children playing in the parks while in desperate need of humanitarian help. This session explores the current FLDS crisis, and how positive psychology constructs such as courage, resilience, life meaning, and strength of belief underscore why thousands of FLDS have chosen to remain faithful. This session will also reveal unexpected breakthroughs within the reclusive FLDS community during this time of transition, and what outsiders like you can do to help.

Christine Marie Katas