Paul Hanton

Clinical project lead

Kia ora.

I feel very lucky to be working in Te Pou amongst a highly skilled and experienced group of people. My work has always been with the end beneficiary (tangata whai ora) in mind and that is my primary driver.  

I have worked in the HIV, mental health and substance misuse sectors since 1991. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a DAPAANZ accredited supervisor. I am lucky enough to have done many jobs in the sectors mentioned – from needle exchange volunteer, to commissioning manager (funder), to psychotherapist, to national manager quality and performance for CareNZ. I have realised that the more I learn, the more I have to learn and every role has contributed to that. 

My Masters research (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) was into SFBT with clients diagnosed with moderate to enduring depression (using the Becks depression Inventory 2). As well as writing and publishing my dissertation I have also written a fair few other journal articles, chapters in books and a couple of books of my own; none are destined to be best sellers, though I am proud of them none the less. 

Out of work my interests are varied, I play badminton (and coach) 3-6 times per week at club and Waikato (Masters and Vets) level, I love the great outdoors and love curry. I am a huge batman fan, and collect vinyl records too. I am married and have two grown up sons (34 and 24). I love living in New Zealand as does my partner. 


Hanton. P, Lai. J, Jury. A & Tuason. C. Reducing days of alcohol use improves lifestyle and wellbeing: an analysis of outcomes data from New Zealand adult community alcohol and other drug services, 17 May 2019, The New Zealand Medical Journal, Volume 132, Number 1495.

Donaldson W & Hanton P. Peer support use of Alcohol and Drug Outcome Measure (ADOM). Huarahi Oranga - a case study, April 2019, ISBN 978-1-98-855126-5.

PRIMHD Information and utility resource: Influencing the broader sector and workforce to improve the quality of the data collected in Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD), 2016, co-author.

Hanton P. Skills in Solution Focused Brief Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2011, Sage, London

Hanton P. Outrageous moments in Therapy, 2010 in Nelson T.S. 2010 (ed.) Doing Something Different, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practice, Routledge, New York.

Hanton. P. 'Solution-Focused Therapy in a problem-focused World', Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, Vol. 9 No 2, April 2009, BACP

Solution Focused Brief Therapy with clients diagnosed as being moderately to severely depressed. Hanton P. Research Review of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice, Volume 1 - Issue 1 • 2008

Solution focused therapy with carers, Hanton. P. Solution News, the bulletin of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice Volume 3 (2), April 2008.

Hanton P. The Essential Drug Service Commissioner, DrugScope, London, 2006. (No longer in print.)

MA. Dissertation, 'An exploration of the effectiveness of using Solution Focused Brief Therapy with clients diagnosed as being moderately to severely depressed' University of Birmingham, 2005

The theory of not having theory in SFT (2005), in Solution News, the bulletin of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice, Vol. 1, issue 2, 2005

Young People's Substance Misuse Review: assessment of future needs, for Doncaster Drug Strategy Unit, 2005

Solution Focused Therapy and Substance Misuse (2003), in Handbook of Solution-Focused Therapy (2003), O'Connell W.J.& Palmer S. eds. Sage, London

'Treatment Toolkit', A review of publications related to treatment for substance misuse, for UK Drug Prevention Advisory Service, 2001.


Can Solution Focused Techniques Help Improve Mental Health and Employment Outcomes?
Alyson Wells, Melanie Devonald, Victoria Graham and Rebecca Molyneux. Journal of Occupational Psychology, Employment and Disability, Vol 12, No 1, Spring 2010 (I was the clinical supervisor of this project.)

Substance of Young Needs, 2001, Health Advisory Service, DoH, London. (I was on the advisory panel of this publication).

Evaluation of Drug Interventions Programme pilots for children and young people: arrest referral, drug testing and drug treatment and testing requirements: Matrix Research and Consultancy and Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Kings College. Home Office Online Report 07/07 (member of expert panel).

Related work

  • Wellbeing of the workforce

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