Kelvin Mutter

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Kelvin joined the core faculty of MDC in the fall of 2014.  Kelvin's teaching is informed by his experience as a pastor, a lay leader in the church and a psychotherapist.  Kelvin's academic and clinical training is in the fields of Pastoral Care & Counselliing and Marriage & Family TherapyBefore he joined the core faculy, Kelvin was an adjunct professor at MDC (since 2006) and has taught at other seminaries.Kelvin is married and has three adult children.

Practical Ministry Experience: 

Ordained by the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec in 1982, Kelvin has served as the full-time pastor of two churches and the interim pastor of three other churches. When he is not teaching at MDC, Kelvin continues to work in an agency setting where he counsels individuals, couples & families and mentors graduate students who are training to be psychotherapists & social workers.

Research Interests: 

Kelvin's primary research interests are a) the personal and professional formation of counsellor-therapists, clergy, and others, and b) the formation and maintenance of effective ministry relationships between clergy or counsellor-therapists and those who come to them for assistance. This research combines an examination of the literature, reflective practice  and qualitative research. Kelvin's work has focused on (i) studying different learning experiences that contribute to developing competency in the work of pastoral care, spiritual care (i.e., chaplaincy) and counselling practice and (ii) reflecting on strategies for engaging others in a counselling relationship. Kelvin's second area of research relates to the interface of faith, spirituality and theology with the practice of spiritual care and counselling. This research approaches the subject from both a meta-theoretical perspective (e.g., theological reflection on marriage and family) as well as at the micro level which is concerned about the in-the-moment use of religious and spiritual interventions in counselling. 

Current Projects: 

Kelvin is currently engaged in two studies that focus on the professional formation of counsellors/therapists, social workers and spiritual care providers.

The first study is a qualitative study of Graduate Students' Experiences of Clinical Supervision.  Phase One of this study yielded 22 usable responses to a quantitative survey (12 social work students, 5 counselling students and 5 spiritual care students). All groups pointed  to the important role of the supervisor in their professional formation. The data suggests there may be important differences between the types of learning experiences of social work students and those who are studying to be counsellor-therapists or spiritual care providers. However, further study is required to support this suggestion. Next steps include revising the methodology with a view of obtaining a clearer understanding of any differences and similarities between intern experiences.

The second study is a practice-led research study using qualitative methodology that examines the Role of Case Notes in the Professional Formation of Counsellors. 

Kelvin's current scholarly research includes ongoing reflection on the use of Mindfulness-based interventions with religiously devout individuals. 

Lectures and Conference Papers: 

K. F. Mutter. "Ephesians 5:21–33 as Christian Alternative Discourse." ETS Ontario/Quebec Region, 4th Annual Meeting. Cambridge, ON. Oct 1, 2016.

K. F. Mutter. "God and Family: A Theological Framework for Ministering to Families." Evangelical Theological Society, 67th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Nov 2015.

K. F. Mutter & M. Leclair. "Narratives of Change: The Role of Case Notes in the Training and Professional Formation of Pastoral Counsellors." Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 18th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2013.

K. F. Mutter. "Spirituality, Religiosity and the Practice of Mindfulness." Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 18th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2013.

K. F. Mutter & C. Hanenberg. "The Role of Case Notes in Clinical Training and Professional Formation." 6th Social Work Research Forum, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Kitchener, ON. Jan 28, 2013.

K. F. Mutter & V. Chan. "Do Anger Management Programs Reduce Aggression? An Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Community-Based Program." Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 17th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2010.

K. F. Mutter. "Seminary-Based Pastoral Counseling Education For Ministry Generalists: An Evaluation of Pedagogy." Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 17th Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON. May 2010.

K. F. Mutter. "Christian’s Perceptions of Five Marital Counseling Theories." CAPS 2008 International Conference, Phoenix, AR. Apr 2008.

K. F. Mutter. “'Faith-Informed' or 'Faith-Based'? An Exploration of What Makes Pastoral Counselling 'Pastoral'.” Charting the Future – An Epic Experience, International Joint Conference (APC, NACC, NAJC, and CAPPE/APCPC), Toronto, ON. Feb, 2003.

K. F. Mutter. "Latino Perceptions on Human Development: Reflections on the Use of Language in Discerning Cultural Cues for Marriage and Family Therapy." Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. London, ON. May 1994.


Mutter, K. F. (2016). Marriage. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. Online. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200083-1

Mutter, K. F. (2016). Brief Counseling. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200,038-1

Mutter, K. F. (2016). Christian Fundamentalist Pastoral Care. In David A. Leeming (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd edition. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200,027-1

Mutter, K. F. (2015). Mindfulness or The Peace of Christ. Christian Psychology Around The World, 7, 72-82. http://emcapp.ignis.de/pdf/journal_7_web.pdf

Mutter, K.F. (2014). Case notes in the work of spiritual care and counselling. Counselling et Spiritualité / Counselling and Spirituality, 33(1), 71-92.

Mutter, K.F. (2014). The practice of mindfulness in spiritual care. In Thomas St. James O’Connor (Ed.), Kris Lund (Ed.), & Patricia Berensden (Ed.). Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul, p. 131-138. Waterloo, ON: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

Mutter, K.F. (2013). Pastoral and Christian marital therapies: Complementary and divergent traditions. Christian Psychology, 7(1), 51-74. http://christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/Christian-Ps...

Mutter, K. F. (2012). Apologies and the art of saying “I am Sorry”. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31(4), 345-353.

Mutter, K. F. (2012). The practice of integration with postmodern therapies: Exploring the use of Ingram’s (1995) model with Emotionally Focused Therapy. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40(3), 179-187.

Mutter, K. F. (2012). Seminary-based pastoral counseling education for ministry generalists: A preliminary assessment of pedagogical methods. Biblical Higher Education Journal, 12, 67-80.

Mutter, K. F. (2011). Confronting abuse: Fostering a sense of healthy responsibility in the abuser. In Andrew Schmutzer (Ed.). The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, p. 262-276. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

Mutter, K.F., Ande, T., & Hugo, C.J. (2010). Christians’ perceptions of hypothetical case studies of five pastoral approaches to marital therapy: An exploratory study. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29(4), 326-333.
Peterson, J.C., & Mutter, K. F. (2010). Some pains are worth their price: Discerning the cause of pain to guide its alleviation. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 12(3), 182-194. DOI:10.1080/19349637.2010.498689

Mutter, K.F., & Neves, C. (online, 2008; print, 2010). A dialogical model for engaging spirituality in therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38(2), 164-173. DOI:10.1007/s10615-008-0178-9