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Growth Counseling for Mid-Years Couples by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

Howard J. Clinebell, Jr. Is Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the School of Theology at Claremont, California (1977). He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is a licensed marriage, child and family counselor in the State of California. His personal website is, and his email address is Published in 1977 by Fortress Press, Philadelphia, this book was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and Winnie Brock.

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Benson, Herbert. The Relaxation Response. New York: William Morrow, 1975. A simple approach to meditation; relates various forms of meditation to physical illness and health.

Clinebell, Charlotte H. Counseling for Liberation. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976. Methods of relating counseling and consciousness raising.

—. Meet Me in the Middle: On Becoming Human Together. New York: Harper and Row, 1973. A guide to changing roles and liberation in marriage, sex, and child rearing.

Clinebell, Howard J., Jr. Growth Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon, 1973, 1974. Fifteen cassette training courses with User’s Guide. Part I—Enriching Marriage and Family Life includes courses on leading enrichment groups, enhancing sex, and parent-child relationships. Part II—Coping Constructively With Crises includes courses on the crises of the mid-years, grief, divorce, and adolescence.

—. Growth Counseling for Marriage Enrichment, PreMarriage and the Early Years. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975. The basic principles and methods of growth counseling and marriage enrichment, with particular attention to preparation for marriage and early marriage enrichment.

—. The People Dynamic: Changing Self and Society

Through Growth Groups. New York: Harper and Row, 1972. Principles and methods of leading growth groups— marriage, youth, and parent-child groups.

Clinebell, Howard J., Jr., and Clinebell, Charlotte H. Crisis and Growth: Helping Your Troubled Child. Philadelphia:

Fortress, 1971. A guide for helping children cope with crises.

—. The Intimate Marriage. New York: Harper and Row, 1970. A guide for use by couples and in marriage enrichment groups. Should be used in conjunction with Meet Me in The Middle.

Comfort, Alex, ed. More Joy: A Companion to the Joy of Sex. New York: Crown, 1914. A resource for developing playful sex.

Gardner, John W. Self-Renewal, The Individual and the Innovative Society. New York: Harper and Row, 1964. A challenge to renew integrity, purpose, and commitment in the complexities of modern life.

Gurman, Alan S. and Rice, David G., eds. Couples in Conflict. New York: Jason Aronson, 1975. New directions and methods in marital therapy.

Hall, Bryan P. Value Clarification as Learning Process: A Guidebook. New York: Paulist, 1973. Principles, exercises, and classroom and conference strategies for redefining values.

Howe, Reuel L. The Creative Years. Greenwich, Conn.: Seabury, 1959. Creativity in middle-years marriage, work, sex, faith, and parenthood.

Hunt, Bernice, and Hunt, Morton. prime Time: A Guide to the Pleasures and Opportunities of the New Middle Age. New York: Stein and Day, 1975. A personal, practical discussion of the new possibilities of the mid-years.

Irwin, Paul B. The Care and Counseling of Youth in the Church. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975. A guide to a creative ministry to youth,

Johnson, Paul E. The Middle Years. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971. A resource for loaning to mid-years counselees.

Kaplan, Helen Singer. The Illustrated Manual of Sex Therapy. New York: Quadrangle, 1975. A guide to sex therapy including the use of sensate focus techniques.

Lee, Robert, and Casebier, Marjorie. The Spouse Gap: Weathering the Marriage Crisis During Middlescence. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971. An analysis of the mid-years marriage crisis.

LeShan, Eda J. The Wonderful Crisis of Middle Age. New York: David McKay, 1973. Personal reflections and suggestions for self-actualization in the mid-years.

Lewis, H. R., and Streitfeld, H. S. Growth Games. New York: Harcourt, Jovanovich, 1970. Communication exercises for expanding consciousness, enlivening one’s body, and building relationships.

McCary, James L. Freedom and Growth in Marriage. Santa Barbara: Wiley-Hamilton, 1975. An illustrated, topical resource book on growth-centered marriage.

Neugarten, Bernice L., ed. Middle Age and Aging. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968. A reader in social psychology.

Neugarten, Bernice L., and Berkowitz, Howard. Personality in Middle and Late Life. New York: Atherton, 1964. Research findings on these life stages.

Oates, Wayne E. Pastoral Counseling in Grief and Separation. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975. Discusses principles and methods which can be helpful to those facing the losses of the mid-years.

O’Neill, Nena, and O’Neill, George. Shifting Gears: Finding Security in a Changing World. New York: Avon, 1974. Guidelines for purposeful change and creative maturity.

Otto, Herbert A., ed. Marriage and Family Enrichment: New Perspectives and Programs. Nashville: Abingdon, 1976. Descriptions of marriage and family enrichment program and resources by twenty-one individuals or teams with experience in the field.

Pennington, Chester, and Pennington, Marjorie. After the Children Leave Home. Nashville: Graded, 1972. Coping constructively with the empty nest.

Peterson, James A. Married Love in the Middle Years. New York: Association, 1968. How to respond to the mid-years marital crisis.

Satir, Virginia. Peoplemaking. Palo Alto: Science and Behavior Books, 1972. A growth-oriented approach to parenting.

Simon, Anne W. The New Years: A New Middle Age. New York: Alfred P. Knopf, 1968. A challenge to pioneer in this new life stage.

Simons, Sidney B.; Howe, Leland W.; and Kirschenbaum, Howard. Values Clarification: A Handbook of Practical Strategies for Teachers and Students. New York: Hart Publishing Co., 1972. Seventy-nine practical techniques for clarifying and reformulating one’s values.

Stone, Howard. Crisis Counseling. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975. Principles of helping people handle crises constructively.

Tengbom, Mildred. The Bonus Years. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1975. A religiously oriented approach to mid-years marriage, children, aging parents, and values.

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