Michael G. Chovanec, MSW, PhD, LICSW, LMFT portrait

Michael G. Chovanec, MSW, PhD, LICSW, LMFT

BA, Cornell University
MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, University of Minnesota
300 Fontbonne Hall - St. Kate's
(651) 690-8722
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN. 55105

My passion is in examining the best ways of engaging involuntary clients in the change process, particularly men in domestic abuse treatment.  My lifelong goal is to find those program interventions that reduce dropout and improve treatment outcomes with men who batter, to have a positive impact on them, their families and their communities.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Domestic abuse treatment/assessment
  • Social work practice
  • Work with Involuntary Groups

Selected Publications & Presentations

Chovanec, M.G. (2014).  The power of learning and men’s stories in engaging abusive men in the change process: Qualitative study across programs.   Social Work with Groups, 37: 4, 331-347.

Chovanec, M.G. (2012).  Examining Engagement of Men in a Domestic Abuse Program from Three Perspectives: An Exploratory Mulit-method Study.  Social Work with Groups, 35 (4), pp. 362-378.

Chovanec, M.G. (2009).  Facilitating Change in Group Work with Abusive Men: Examining Stages of Change.  Social Work with Groups, 32(1-2), pp. 125-142.

Chovanec, M (2008).  Transforming Men Who Batter into Men Who Matter.  In Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.  The CSULB University Press. 14(2), 47-56.

See curriculum vitae for full listings of publications, presentation, practice experience, and professional engagement

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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GRSW 645 - 01 Psychopathology & Hum Behavior - T - R - - - 1600 - 1900 SCB 206

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1600 - 1900


SCB 206

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30275 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael G. Chovanec

This course will explore the dynamics of psychopathology in human behavior. Through the identification of the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual variables influencing behavior, students gain a theoretical foundation for understanding and assessing psychopathology. The impact of diversity, social justice and ageism on behavior and the experience of mental illness will be explored. Special emphasis in this course is on the complexity of psychopathology and the use and practical limitations of diagnostic systems, especially DSM-IV-TR.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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