Dr 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), PhD (Waikato), ATCL (Teacher's Diploma)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: TL.2.01
Phone: ext. 7728

Papers Taught

About Paul

I came from a professional background in counselling and supervision to teach in the post-graduate counsellor education programmes in Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education. These programmes (MCouns and specialist PGCertCouns) emphasise postmodern, poststructuralist, and narrative approaches.

I have practiced in statutory and non-governmental agencies, working with children, young people and families, also supporting children and young people around abuse and sexuality issues.

My teaching and research include social constructionist and discourse theory, and how this can be applied in counselling, supervision, child development, sexuality and ethics.

Research Supervised

Doctoral Supervision

Dick, R. (current PhD). Subclinical indicators of youth mental health and risk mitigation. (2nd supervisor)

Jack, D. (current EdD). ‘The Space Between Us’ – Why relationships in secondary schools must now come first (2nd supervisor).


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


Judd, M. (2019). Storying anti-violence with young men in schools using narrative counselling practices. (MCouns)
Lowery-Kappes, H. (2017). Positioning within discourses of career advancement/development: How might news media position people to view career progression? (MCouns)
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. (MCouns)

Directed Studies

Scott, L. (2021). School counselling in New Zealand: Will future decisions for school counselling correspond with the diversity of need that responds to a pluralistic model informed by national and international research? (MEd)
Keeton, J. (2020). Stepping into and exploring neglected territories (MCouns)
Heaton, B. (2020). A directed study of working with a group in a secondary school context. (MCouns)
Xu, W. (2019). Social integration of Chinese international students in New Zealand universities: Positioning within cultural discourses. (MEd)
Bass, S. (2018). Supporting students dealing with transience in an Area School. (MEd)
Hughes, D. (2018). Literature review: Developing a Culture of Care policy statement using restorative practices and principles. (MEd)
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)
Bedford, W. (2013). Moving towards decentred collaboration in group work and the influence of cultural practices. (MCouns)

Research Interests

Paul's research interests include projects on counselling and supervision, childhood and schools, and constructions of sexuality. His PhD study can be accessed here -


Paul Flanagan on ResearchGate

Recent Publications

  • Flanagan, P., & Judd, M. (2020). Turning a back on violence: Storying anti-violence with young men in schools. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 40(1), 1-14. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Flanagan, P. (2020). New Zealand therapist insights into the intersecting fields of sexualities and childhood. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 40(2), 51-68. Open Access version:

  • Bray, P., May, J., & Flanagan, P. (Eds.) (2020). Editorial. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 40(2), 1-2.

  • Flanagan, P. (2019). Formation of children as healthy sexual beings. In Anglophone Safeguarding Conference. Conference held Rome, Italy. Open Access version:

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