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

Professor

651-690-8722

mgchovanec@stkate.edu

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.

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

Ph.D., Social Work
University of Minnesota, 1995
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."

Masters in Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978

Bachelor of Science in Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1976

Recipient of Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant. Awarded $6,670 in April of 2015 to complete an exploratory qualitative study entitled Partners for Change Outcome Management System: Application to Domestic Abuse Treatment. The study is to be conducted between June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Recipient of Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant. Awarded $3,710 in April of 2013 to complete an exploratory qualitative study entitled Assessing the Utility of Client Feedback Instruments for Appication in Domestic Abuse Treatment. The study is to be conducted between June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

The first recipient of the College of St. Catherine School of Health Action Research Award. Awarded $10,000 in December 2008 to complete a sabbatical research project entitled “Engaging Abusive Men in Domestic Abuse Treatment and its Impact on Outcome: A Mixed Method Exploration”. Preliminary findings presented at AASWG International Symposium in Chicago in June, 2009.

Recipient of Faculty Research Graduate Program Grant. Awarded $3500 in November of 2009 to complete a sabbatical research project entitled “Engaging Abusive Men in Domestic Abuse Treatment and its Impact on Outcome: A Mixed Method Exploration”. Preliminary findings presented at AASWG International Symposium in Chicago in June, 2009.

Recipient of CSC Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant. Awarded $2000 to complete a research project interviewing domestic abuse facilitators about how they engage abusive men in the change process. Preliminary findings presented at AASWG International Symposium fall 2005.

Recipient of CSC Graduate Faculty Research Award to study group work with involuntary clients. Award was in the form of a course release for the academic year 2000-2001. Survey of international group practitioners who work with involuntary groups was distributed in the fall of 2000. Paper submitted to Journal of Social Work with Groups, 4/2004.

Faculty Development Grant through College of St. Catherine – Awarded $900 for travel expenses for attending the European Groupwork Symposium in London England on 8/18-20/99.

Faculty Development Grant through Univerisity of St. Thomas - Awarded $2000 with colleague Peter Freeman to develop WEB-Based technology for GRSW 645; 1999.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Grant - Awarded $800 to attend a week long workshop entitled "Mental Health Research on Evidence-Based Practice" presented by Bruce Thyer Ph.D. and held at the University of Michigan on July 12-16, 1999.

Faculty Development Grant through College of St. Catherine- Awarded $620 through the Teaching Mentoring committee to support Disability Proposal. Money used to develop disability manual for faculty and provide a speaker at January Faculty conference; 1999.

  • Psychopathology & Human Behavior
  • Soc. Work Theoretical Persp.
  • Methods of Clinical Social Work
  • Applied Research Seminar
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Field Practicum and Seminar
  • Clinical Practice with Groups

School

MSW Practice Content Committee – member, 1996 to 2008. Content chair from 2009 to present.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) - Content Chair. 1996 to 2008. Committee member from 2009 to present.

Faculty Tenure Committee – Chair, 2005 to 2008. Member since 2003.

Admissions Committee/ Graduate Program – 1997 to 2000; 2003 to 2006: 2012 to 2015.

Responded to request to participate in a group of social work faculty in the Responsible Conduct of Research Symposium at CSWE, Chicago, February, 2006.

Group Work Institute - Chair. Fall 2000 to 2004. Committee moved to inactive status from 2004 to 2008. Reactivated 2009. Committee member from 2009 to 2012.

University

Unversity Faculty Evaluation Promotion and Tenure Committee – Elected committee member starting Fall, 2014 to present.

Unversity Faculty Mentoring Program – Volunteered to mentor new faculy outside of Social Work. Fall Semester of 2012 to present.

Univeristy Institutional Review Board – Appointed committee member starting Fall Semester, 2010 to 2015.

Faculty Personnel Committee – Elected as Alternate to the committee for 2010.

School of Professional Studies – Co-chair of committee to develop plans for an annual speaker that would increase the visibility of the school.

Elected as member of Academic Community Development Committee, starting 2007.

Elected as Alternate for Academic Community Development Committee, 2006 thru 2007.

Accepted invitation to participate as an active committee member starting 8/06 thru 2009.

Member of CSC Copyright Committee responsible for reviewing and revising copyright procedures on the CSC campus, from April thru June 2006.

Board of Trustees; Faculty and Staff Welfare Subcommittee; Elected position; 2003 to 2005.

CSC- Teaching in the Classroom Faculty Study Group; Purpose is to provide support for high quality teaching in the classroom (monthly meetings); 2001 to 2004. Commitee Chair; 2004.

Teaching Learning Collaborative (TLC) (Formerly Interdisciplinary Committee) - Active member. 1997 to 2002.

Teaching Mentoring Group - Active member. 1996 to 2000 (Group discontinued).

Community

Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education (MCSWE), member since 1997; Representative for the School of Social Work; Elected Board Secretary 1999; Re-Elected 2001; Elected Vice-President, 2003 to 2005. Co-President with Sande Traudt from Bethel University, October of 2006 to October 2008. (Quarterly Meetings).

Social Work Licensing Training Faculty; Chair of organization since 2009. Faculty provides training for the social work licensing exam quarterly (Quarterly meetings). 1997 to present.

Chair of election committee, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG), Minnesota Chapter, 2008-2010.

Scott County Mental Health Center - Alternatives to Violence - Program developer/group facilitator. 1988 to present. Currently 4 hours per week.

Provide individual and group supervision professionals working towards LICSW licensure. Starting Fall, 2008 to the present.

Family Networks, Inc. – Provide supervision to three staff providing individual, group and family therapy within a day treatment program for adolescents. June, 2006 to January, 2008.

People Who Work With People Who Batter Group – Member from 2004 to present. Local Domestic Abuse facilitators that meet monthly.

Member, Professional Writer's Group. Members consist of Social Work faculty from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. 2000 to present..

Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Minnesota Board of Social Work, Since October 1997.

Licensed by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy – Since September 1989.

National Association of Social Workers- Member from 1981 to present.

Scholarship / Peer Reviewed Publications

Chovanec, M.G. (2018). Domestic Abuse Treatment Perspective that Builds Client Voice and Skills in a Court-ordered Environment. Social Work with Groups.
DOI.org/10.1080/01609513.2018.1537873

Chovanec, M. G. and Roseborough, D. (2016). Examining Rates of Engagement Over Time with Court-Ordered Men in a Domestic Abuse Treatment Program. Social Work with Groups. DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2016.1204648

Chovanec, M.G. (2016). Increasing Client Voice within Involuntary Groups. Social Work with Groups. DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2016.1201451

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. (2014). Group Member Engagement in Domestic Abuse Treatment: A Mixed-methods Study of Two Urban Programs. Proceedings, XXXIII International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, June, 2011.

Chovanec, M.G. (2012). The Power of Men’s Stories: Facilitating Men’s Changes in Domestic Abuse Groups. In Riding the Mutual Aid Bus and Other Adventures in Group Work: A Days in the Lives of Social Workers Collection. White Hat Communications.

Chovanec, M.G. (2012). Examining Engagement of Men in a Domestic Abuse Program from Three Perspectives: An Exploratory Multi-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.

Chovanec, M. (2008). Innovations Applied to the Classroom for Involuntary Groups: Implications for Social Work Education. In Journal of Teaching in Social Work. The Haworth Press, Inc. 28(1/2), 209-225.

Chovanec, Michael G. (1995). Attrition in the Treatment of Men Who Batter: A Closer Look at Men's Decision-Making Process About Attending or Dropping Out of Treatment. Proceedings of the Eighth National Symposium on Doctoral Research and Social Work Practice, The Ohio State University, November 3-4.

Scholarship / Publications

Chovanec, M. (2018). Work with Men in Domestic Abuse Treatment. In Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients (3rd Ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. [Invited]

Chovanec, M. (2018). Work with Involuntary Groups. In Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients (3rd Ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. [Invited]

Chovanec, M. (2016). Skills for Using Theory in Social Work, 32 Lessons for Evidence-informed Practice by J. Forte, New York: Routledge. (Book Review). Social Work with Groups (Invited). DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1070645

Chovanec, M. (2016). An Introduction to Using Theory in Social Work Practice by J. Forte, New York: Routledge. (Book Review). Social Work with Groups (Invited). DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1082054

Rooney, R. and Chovanec, M. (2017). Involuntary Groups (Chapter 12). In Handbook of Social Work with Groups, (2nd Ed.) C.D. Garvin, M.J. Galinsky and L.M. Gutierrez, Editors, Guilford Publications, Inc. [Invited]

Chovanec, M. (2009). You Can’t Make Us Change: Use of Stages of Change in Involuntary Group Development. Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups, Gitterman A. and Salmon, R., (Eds.) New York: Rouitledge [Invited]

Rooney, R. and Chovanec, M. (2004). Involuntary Groups (Chapter 12). In Handbook of Social Work with Groups, C.D. Garvin, M.J. Galinsky and L.M. Gutierrez, Editors, Guilford Publications, Inc., pp. 212-225. [Invited]

Chovanec, M. (2009). Work with Men in Domestic Abuse Treatment. In Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients (2nd Ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. [Invited]

Chovanec, Michael (2002). My Domestic Violence Treatment Group: Challenging Stereotypes of Abusive Men in the Classroom. BPD Update (The Association of
Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc., 25(1), 17-18.

Scholarship / Juried Presentations

Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients: International Perspectives, May 23-25, 2018 at Monsh University, Prato Centre, Tuscany, Italy. Presentation entitled "Transforming Men Who Batter into Men Who Matter: Building Empathy in Domestic Abuse Treatment” [Juried Presentation]

22nd International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy, September 24-25, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Poster entitled "Partner for Change Outcome Management System: Introducing Client Feedback into a Domestic Abuse Program” [Juried Presentation]

21st International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy, August 28-31, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Presentation entitled "Partner for Change Outcome Management System applied in Domestic Abuse Treatment” [Juried Presentation]

20th International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy, August 23-26, 2015 in San Diego, CA. Presentation entitled "Engaging Abusive Men Using Client Feedback Tools: Challenges and Opportunities” [Juried Presentation]

Council for Social Work Education, 60th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, October 23 – 26, 2014 in Tampa Florida. Poster Presentation entitled "Client Feedback with Involuntary Groups: A Changing Paradigm in Practice?”.

Council for Social Work Education, 59th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, October 31 – November 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Presented paper entitled "Client Feedback with Involuntary Groups: Innovative Ways to Improve Retention and Outcome”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 06/14-17/12 in Long Island, New York.; Paper presented entitled " Responding to Client Feedback from Involuntary Groups: Ways to Improve Retention and Outcomes?”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 06/2-5/11 in San Diego, CA.; Paper presented entitled " Engagement and its Relationship to Outcome in Domestic Abuse Treatment: A Multi-method Study across Programs”.

15th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, September 12 – 15, 2010 in San Diego, California. Presented paper entitled “Silent Trauma within Men who Batter: Impact on Treatment Engagement”.

Council for Social Work Education, 56th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, October 14 – 17, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. Presented paper entitled "The Silent Trauma Within Men Who Batter: Impact on Engagement in Treatment”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 06/26-28/09 in Chicago, Illinois; Paper presented entitled " Study of Engagement and It’s Relationship to Outcome in Domestic Abuse Treatment: Preliminary Findings”. Presented with Research Assistant Nicole Majerle.

Council for Social Work Education, 54 th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, October 30 – November 2, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presented paper entitled "Engaging Involuntary Groups in Change: Moving from Grounded Data to Classroom Modules."

Midwest Qualitative Research Conference held on 4/17-18/08 at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campuis; Paper entitled “Engaging Abusive Men in the Change Process: Facilitators’ Perspecitives”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 06/28/07 to 07/02/07 in Jersey City, New Jersey.; Paper presented entitled "Engaging Abusive Men in the Change Process: Facilitators’ Perspecitives.”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/12/06 to 10/15/06 in San Diego, California.; Paper presented entitled "Transforming Men Who Batter into Men Who Matter: Twenty Years of Group Work in the Trenches of Domestic Violence.”.

Council for Social Work Education, 52nd Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, February 16- 19, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Presented paper entitled "Practice Model for Engaging Abusive Men in Change: Social Work Education Implications."

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 9/29/05 to 10/2/05 in Minneapolis, MN.; Paper presented entitled " Development of a Practice Model for Engaging Abusive Men in the Change Process”.

Council for Social Work Education, 51st Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, February 26- March 1, 2005 in New York, New York. Presented paper entitled "Innovations to Best Practices in Domestic Abuse Treatment: Social Work Education Implications."

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/21-24/04 in Detoit, MI.; Paper presented entitled " Creating Change in Abusive Men: The Facilitators Perspective”.

Midwest Biennial Social Work Educational Conference held 3/4-6/04, Omaha Regency Marriot, Omaha Nabraska; Paper presented entitled “Innovation in Domestic Abuse Treatment Applied to Involuntary Groups: Implications for Social Work Education”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/16-19/02 in Boston MA.; Paper presented entitled " Innovations in Groupwork with Abusive Men: Theories that Promote Engagement and Empowerment”.

Minnesota Social Service Association, March 19, 2003 at the Raddison South, Bloomington MN.; Workshop presented entitled "You Can’t Make Us: Work with
Involuntary Groups".

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/17-20/02 in New York City, New York; Workshop presented with Rodney Dewberry and Rochelle Rottenberg entitled "Creating a Safe Environment for Diversity Dialogue".

Minnesota Social Service Association, March 22, 2002 at the Raddison South, Bloomington MN.; Workshop presented with Rodney Dewberry and Rochelle Rottenberg entitled "Creating a Safe Environment for Diversity Dialogue".

Council for Social Work Education, 48th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, February 24-27, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee. Presented paper entitled "An International Survey of Group Practitioners Who Work With Involuntary Groups."

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/11-14/01 in Akron, Ohio. Paper entitled “You can't make us: Work with involuntary groups: What Do Group Practitioners Say?".

Council for Social Work Education, 46 th Annual Program Meeting, Electronic Poster Session, March 8-11, 2001 in Dallas, Texas. Copresented with Peter Freeman, MSSW, LICSW; Poster entitled "Teaching Diagnostic Skills: Integrating Computer Technology into a Graduate HBSE Course."

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/19-22/00 in Toronto, Canada. Paper entitled “You can't make us: Work with involuntary groups: What knowledge and skills are necessary?”.

Council for Social Work Education, 45 th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, February 26-29, 2000 in New York, New York. Coauthored paper with Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D. entitled "Group Work Skills for the Millennium: Are We Preparing Competent Professionals?"

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/21-24/99 in Denver Colorado. Paper co-authored with Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D. entitled “Developing Group Skills with Involuntary Clients: A Curriculum Perspective”.

Eighth European Groupwork Symposium in Association with the School of Social Science, Middlesex University, London from 8/18-20/99. Revised coauthored paper with Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D. entitled “Group Skills with Involuntary Clients: Integrating Theory and Practice into Graduate Curriculum”.

Council for Social Work Education, 45th Annual Program Meeting, Group Symposium, March 10-13/99 in San Francisco, California. Paper coauthored with Carol F. Kuechler, Ph.D. entitled “Group Skills with Involuntary Clients: Integrating Theory and Practice into Graduate Curriculum”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/15-17/98 in Miami Florida. Paper entitled “Resiliency Factors: Their Impact on
Treatment and Attrition in Domestic Abuse Programming for Men Who Batter”.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held October 23-26, 1997 in Quebec City, Canada. Presented the following papers: “Alternatives to Violence Program / A Descriptive Study”.

Ohio State University/ Eighth National Symposium on Doctoral Research and Social Work Practice - Selected to present research findings of dissertation November, 1995.

Non-juried Presentations

Chovanec, M. G., Fletcher, K. L., Hansen, J. T., & Marrs Fuchsel, C. (2014, April). Adjustment disorder: Transitioning from DSM-IV to DSM 5. Panel discussion presented at University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. [Invited].

St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work Salon Series; Chovanec’s Sabbatical Story, A continuing saga. February 27, 2010[Invited].

Invited presenter to CEU’s on a Stick offered by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Presented on authored chapter on Domestic Abuse Treatment in Ron Rooney’s 2nd Edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients, at the University of Minnesota School of School Work, St. Paul MN. on August 10, 2010.

Invited presenter to CEU’s on a Stick offered by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Presented on authored chapter on Domestic Abuse Treatment in Ron Rooney’s 2nd Edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients, at the University of Minnesota School of School Work, St. Paul MN. on August 27, 2009.

Invited keynote presenter with Sandy Parnell, MSWand Carol Kuechler, Ph.D., Group Work Rocks the Classroom~In Every Good Classroom Lies Social Group Work, at the Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education (MCSWE) Fall Conference, Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center, Farmington MN., October 9 and 10, 2008.

Invited presenter for Working With Involuntary Clients: Advances in Theory and Practice offered through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Univeristy of Minnesota. Coffman Union, East Bank, Minneapolis MN. on September 15, 2008

Invited presenter to Working with Involuntary Clients: Advances in Theory and Practice, Sponsered by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. Presented on authored chapter on Domestic Abuse Treatment in Ron Rooney’s 2nd Edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients. Presented at Coffman Union Theater, East Bank, September 15, 2008.

Invited presenter to CEU’s on a Stick offered by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Presented on authored chapter on Domestic Abuse Treatment in Ron Rooney’s 2nd Edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients, at the University of Minnesota School of School Work, St. Paul MN. on August 27, 2008.

Invited presenter to CEU’s on a Stick offered by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Presented on authored chapter on Domestic Abuse Treatment in Ron Rooney’s 2nd Edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients, at the University of Minnesota School of School Work, St. Paul MN. on August 29, 2007.

Invited presenter to Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) - Minnesota Chapter. “Transforming Men Who Batter into Men Who Matter: Twenty Years of Group Work in the Trenches of Domestic Violence” at the Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN. on March 9, 2007.

Invited paid presenter, Minnesota Community Corrections Association; Workshop presented entitled “You Can’t Make Us: Work with Involuntary Clients”, St. Paul, 1/14/04.

Invited presenter with colleagues Rodney Dewberry and Rochelle Rottenberg. The Second Annual January Thaw Continuing Education Series. Creating a Safe Environment for Diversity Dialog at Binz Refectory, CSC/UST, St. Paul, 1/10/03.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Symposium held 10/17-20/02 in New York City, New York; Workshop presented entitled "Creating a Safe Environment for Diversity Dialogue".

Presentation to Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) - Minnesota Chapter. First Annual State Conference “Resiliency Factors in Domestic Abuse Treatment” at the Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN; 10/9/98.

Presentation to Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) - Minnesota Chapter. “Alternatives to Violence, a Men’s Group” at the Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN. on April 16, 1997.