Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA) as a research tool for mapping professional helping conversations
The chapter is focused on the research method Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA) developed by Bradford Keeney for analysing therapeutic sessions as well as other helping conversations (supervision, coaching, etc.). Philosophical roots and the position of this method in the field of research methodology (particularly in the field of discursive analysis) are addressed first. Then the text focuses on some practical considerations on “how to apply” this method – how to distinguish frames and galleries in conversations, how to score movements in “three-act structure” and how to continuously observe circularities in conversations. There are some brief examples from RFA research too. The last part of the chapter is devoted to the possibilities of using this research method.