Hannah Cleland

Department of Corrections

Key Info

  • Master of Social Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)
  • Psychology

Hannah Cleland’s role at the Department of Corrections has a high level of responsibility attached to it as she is involved in assessing the reoffending risk for offenders in the community as well as those eligible to be released on parole.

“I currently work in a therapeutic community, running a treatment programme for high-risk violent offenders, which involves both individual work and facilitating groups.  This programme focuses on the factors which lead to offending, ways to challenge unhelpful attitudes towards offending, and developing skills to manage themselves without resorting to offending.”

For the past six months, she has also spent one day per week working for the University lecturing an Honours paper.

Keeping herself busy, Hannah has had lots of exciting opportunities for career development.  She has been selected as part of emerging leadership programme for Departmental staff, which identifies potential future leaders and provides a year-long programme to develop leadership and management skills.

Gaining employment straight out of University was a reflection of how workplace ready Psychology graduates from Waikato are.

“During our training we completed internships at different workplaces, which prepared us for going into the workforce. Waikato University has good relationships with employers within the Waikato area and graduates are held in high regard within the workforce.”

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