The origin of recursive frame analysis (RFA) is revisited and discussed as a postmodern alternative to modernist therapeutic models and research methods that foster hegemony of a preferred therapeutic metaphor, narrative, or strategy. It encourages improvisational performance while enabling a means of scoring the change and movement of the contextual organization of communication. Here we revisit the origin of RFA, its subsequent development, and new directions it may pursue both in the domains of organizing therapeutic discourse and post hoc critical analysis.


Therapy Research, Qualitative Methods, Cybernetics, Recursive Frame Analysis, Improvisational Therapy

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Hillary Keeney Ph.D. has been working in the fields of coaching, social justice, diversity education, and community-based leadership development for over ten years. A scholar of cybernetics and creative transformation, Hillary conducts workshops for therapists around the world with Bradford Keeney. She is presently a visiting professor in the Creative Systemic Studies doctoral concentration at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Psychology, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed to Dr. Hillary Keeney at E-mail: circulus@ulm.edu

Bradford Keeney Ph.D. has served distinguished careers as a pioneer of creative therapy, a university professor, social cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, conversation analyst, improvisational performer, and foundation vice president. He is presently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair, University of Louisiana. Brad and Hillary have a practice in New Orleans, Louisiana - see www.mojodoctors.com

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