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About Michael Chovanec, PhD, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Michael Chovanec, PhD, MSW, LICSW, LMFT earned his Ph.D. in Social Work in 1995 from the University of Minnesota, MSW in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976. He joined the faculty in 1996 and achieved full professor status July 1, 2017. Chovanec teaches Psychopathology & Human Behavior, Methods of Clinical Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Field Practicum and Seminar, and has taught Clinical Practice with Groups. His passion is in examining the best ways of engaging involuntary clients in the change process, particularly men in domestic abuse treatment. His 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.

His scholarship focuses on work with involuntary clients.  Since arriving at St. Catherine University in 1996 he has consistently conducted research and  written peer reviewed articles on addressing the high dropout rate in domestic abuse treatment and how best to better engage abusive men in the change process.  This research is based on his over 30 years of clinical practice in Mental Health.  Currently he is examining the application of client feedback tools and to what extent they reduce dropout, and build empathy skills for men charged with fifth degree assault.    A majority of men in domestic abuse treatment tend to be from marginalized populations.  His efforts work to build client voice and increase their participation in change that impacts them, their families and the community.  He has consistently presented his work nationally and internationally.  In 2018, as part of his sabbatical plans, he presented in Prato, Italy at an international conference on working with involuntary clients.  Teaching responsibilities include social work methods and psychopathology in both face to face and hybrid formats.  His expertise in work with involuntary clients is shared with his students to build their skills in engagement both in diagnostic assessment and treatment.  He served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) from 2010 to 2015.  He is currently serving on his second elected three-year term on the University Faculty Evaluation Promotion and Tenure committee (UFEPT) (2014 to present).


Positions

Present Professor, Social Work, St. Catherine University Social Work Department
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Elected Committee Member, Unversity Faculty Evaluation Promotion and Tenure Committee
2012 - Present Clinical Member, Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work
1981 - Present Member, National Association of Social Workers
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Education

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1995 Ph.D., Dissertation: "Attrition in the Treatment of Men Who Batter: A Closer Look at Men's Decision Making Process About Attending or Dropping Out of Treatment.", University of Minnesota ‐ Social Work
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1978 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ‐ Masters in Social Work
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1976 BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ‐ Social Work
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-8722

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