Paul G Flanagan

Paul Flanagan

Senior Lecturer


Child Behaviour; Children; Counselling; Gender; Human Development

Narrative Therapy, Sexuality, Counselling Supervision, Research Ethics

Qualifications: BTheol (Otago), GradDipArts in Psychology (Massey), MCouns, PGCertCouns (Counselling Supervision) (Waikato), ATCL (Teacher's Diploma)

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Flanagan, Mr Paul 7728 paulf TT.5.09 Te Oranga Human Development and Movement

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Papers Taught

About Paul

I teach in the post-graduate counsellor education programmes, within Te Oranga School of Human Development. These programmes (MCouns and two specialist PGCertCouns) emphasise postmodern, poststructuralist, and narrative approaches.

My professional background in counselling and supervision includes practice in statutory and non-governmental agencies, working with children, young people and families. A particular focus of my work had been supporting children and young people around abuse and sexuality issues.

My research interests in counselling include social constructionist and discourse theory, supervision, children, sexuality and ethics.

Research Supervised

MCouns Directed Studies

Bedford, W. (2013). Moving towards decentred collaboration in group work and the influence of cultural practices.

MCouns Dissertations

van Helden, L. (2010). Benefits of a critical awareness of masculinity: Understanding the influences of studying masculinity in professional and personal practices and the interplay between these two spheres.

MEd Directed Studies

Skerman, R. (2017). What programs/strategies have been the most effective in reducing the rate of exclusions and increasing the rate of achievement of male Māori students in New Zealand schools?

MEd Dissertations

Pillay, P. (2009). The Long Term Implication of RTLB Interventions in the Northern Bays   RTLB Cluster: “Listening to the Voices of Student Experiences”.

Research Interests

Paul's current research includes projects on counselling supervision and study towards his PhD. His doctoral project examines constructions of child sexuality with parents, teachers and counsellors; isolating discourses that shape ideas and practices that govern and discipline the performance of sexuality in childhood.


Recent Publications

  • Flanagan, P., Cottrell, C., Graham, H., Marsden, V., Roberts, L., & Young, J. (2017). Ethics, relationships and pragmatics in the use of e-technologies in counselling supervision. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 37(1), 24-43. Open Access version: hdl:

  • Flanagan, P. G. (2017). Tales of gender(ed) identity constructions in one boys' Catholic school: A review of Masculinities and Other Hopeless Causes at an All-Boys Catholic School. Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(1), 133-137. doi:10.1080/19361653.2016.1256250

  • Flanagan, P. G. (2015). Accompanied by suspicion: An ethnographic account of negotiating gender tensions and positioning in counselling practice and researching child sexuality. In R. Rinehart, emerald e, & R. Matamua (Eds.), Ethnographies in Pan-Pacific research: Tensions and positionings (Vol. 22, pp. 163-175). New York: Routledge.

  • Tolich, M., Bathurst, R., Deckert, A., Flanagan, P. G., Gremillion, H., & Grimshaw, M. (2015). One size does not fit all: Organisational diversity in New Zealand tertiary sector ethics committees. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 1-13. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2015.1035732 Open Access version: hdl:

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