Professor Published In Newsletter

A Southwestern Christian University professor shared her expertise on the development of positive psychology with her published work in the Oklahoma Counseling Association’s Newsletter. 

Dr. Rebecca Webster, professor of behavioral science at SCU, penned a detailed article titled “Thinking Positive and the Theory of Positive Psychology” for the OCA’s Mid-winter publication.

Webster reviewed the differences between the practice of positive thinking and positive psychology and sited two separate scriptures in her work. In Philippians 4:8 the scripture reads, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Webster continued in Romans 12:2 that individuals are encouraged with, “Do not confirm to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind.”

Her conclusion was regardless of the different belief theories (positive thinking or positive psychology) benefits can be seen in both for those who have awaited with hope of something good to happen.

Webster is a creative and prolific author who has written a number of reviews and articles. Her most recent was in cooperation with SCU professor Dr. Adrian Rus in 2013 titled “The Institute for Mother and Child Care” which looked at the effects of child and institutional characteristics of children in Romanian placement centers.

Webster began at SCU teaching psychology and counseling classes in 2012 and is now the Chair of the Social and Behavior Department. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and her doctoral degree from Regent University.

In addition, she is the Vice President of Membership Relations on the board of the Oklahoma Counseling Association. The OCA is made up of college educators and school counselors who connect individuals together through its professional network.