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

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

Professor
Degree
BA, Cornell University
MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, University of Minnesota
Office
300 Fontbonne Hall - St. Kate's
Phone
(651) 690-8722
Mail
F-15
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN. 55105
CV

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

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DRSW 720 - 01 Soc. Work Theoretical Persp. - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43391 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

The intent of this course is for students to gain a mastery in the selection and application of theories, concepts and frameworks that serve as the grounding of social work and social work teaching. This course will provide the opportunity for students to identify their own bias in the selection and application of theory and the factors that contribute to this process. This course serves to inform the teaching of all social work practice courses (micro through macro), providing students the opportunity to develop skills in deconstructing and reconstructing key theories and frameworks that are utilized in both practice and classroom settings. This course will provide opportunities for students to critically analyze and compare theories from a variety of frameworks including ethics, diversity and social justice. These critical thinking skills will be exercised through students selecting potential theories and/or frameworks for use in their banded dissertations.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
DRSW 720 - 02 Soc. Work Theoretical Persp. - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

43395 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

The intent of this course is for students to gain a mastery in the selection and application of theories, concepts and frameworks that serve as the grounding of social work and social work teaching. This course will provide the opportunity for students to identify their own bias in the selection and application of theory and the factors that contribute to this process. This course serves to inform the teaching of all social work practice courses (micro through macro), providing students the opportunity to develop skills in deconstructing and reconstructing key theories and frameworks that are utilized in both practice and classroom settings. This course will provide opportunities for students to critically analyze and compare theories from a variety of frameworks including ethics, diversity and social justice. These critical thinking skills will be exercised through students selecting potential theories and/or frameworks for use in their banded dissertations.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 603 - 03 Meth of Clinical Social Work I - - - R - - - 1640 - 1905 SCB 205

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- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

SCB 205

Course Registration Number:

40560 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

This course is part one of a year-long sequence requiring students to keep the same instructor over the academic year. This course provides an overview of theories and intervention methods for social work practice. The course focuses on the clinical interview, both with regard to the philosophy and theoretical constructs of the approaches and to the application of those approaches in work with clients from various cultural, ethnic and class backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on differential aspects of assessment and diagnosis of clients of all ages, the formulation of a treatment plan, the therapeutic relationship and the process of treatment. This course is taken concurrently with GRSW 607.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 645 - 20 Psychopathology & Hum Behavior See Details * *

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See Details

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Location:

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Course Registration Number:

43111 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 1070930-130008 Sep '18
SCB 1070930-130013 Oct '18
SCB 1070930-130008 Dec '18

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 604 - 03 Meth of Clinical Social Wk II - - - R - - - 1640 - 1905 SCB 205

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

SCB 205

Course Registration Number:

20847 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

This course is part two of a year-long sequence requiring students to keep the same instructor over the academic year. This course provides an overview of theories and intervention methods for social work practice. It is a continuation of GRSW 603. This course focuses on the clinical interview, both with regard to the philosophy and theoretical constructs of the approaches and to the application of those approaches in work with clients from various ages, cultural and ethnic and class backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on differential aspects of assessment and diagnosis of different age groups throughout the lifespan, the formulation of a treatment plan, the therapeutic relationship and the process of treatment. Emphasis is placed on theories and methods of practice with individuals and groups. This course is taken concurrently with GRSW 608.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 645C - 01 Psychopathology & Hum Behavior M - - - - - - 1640 - 1905 FBH 103

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1640 - 1905

Location:

FBH 103

Course Registration Number:

21019 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

This course will explore the dynamics of the 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 645C - 03 Psychopathology & Hum Behavior M - - - - - - 1920 - 2145 FBH 109

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1920 - 2145

Location:

FBH 109

Course Registration Number:

20400 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Michael G. Chovanec

This course will explore the dynamics of the 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)