Paul earned his MSW degree from Dalhousie University in 1975, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University in 1988.  

For the past 38 years, he has been closely involved in the field as a family therapist, and as an educator, trainer, and supervisor of Masters and Ph.D. level students.  Paul has offered therapeutic services to young people, adults, and couples in various settings that included child welfare programs, substance abuse treatment clinics, adult psychiatry facilities, and family counseling centers.

He is currently Associate Professor in the Master of Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Paul has published many articles and book chapters about his work with people who have been challenged by habits of self-harm, those whose self-identities have been threatened by trauma, and young people whose lives are governed by hopelessness. His most recent publications include book chapters in two edited texts, and an article on Narrative Therapy in Contemporary Family Therapy.

As a sought-after speaker, he offers workshops and shares his extensive clinical experience through videotaped sessions and live demonstrations.  Paul has presented both nationally and internationally in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, and Colombia.