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Understanding And Dealing With Discriminations & Challenging Behaviours- The Six Stages Framework

The six stages framework (originally designed to inform our understanding and ability to deal with racism and discriminations) can be adapted to help individuals and organisations to understand and deal with challenging behaviours and other extreme behaviours such as harassment and victimisation.

EXAMPLES 1. What does victimisation and harassment in the workplace look like? 2. What does bullying in schools and organisations look like? 3. What does violence against women look like? Let’s identify where individuals and organisations are in terms of the Six Stages Framework

E.g., Let’s map out the behaviours and attitudes on the Harassment Victimisation Challenge Spectrum.


Do you want to learn more about the Six Stages Framework?


The Six Stages Framework Free Online Seminars



UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH EVERYDAY RACISM- SIX STAGES FRAMEWORK

17th of every month at 7pm BST


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COMMUNITY NARRATIVES FOR DEALING WITH EVERYDAY PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATIONS

24th of every month at 7pm BST


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Example of the Prejudice Racism Spectrum which can be adapted to other discriminations


https://www.sixstagesframework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Prejudice-Racism-Spectrum-Six-Stages-Framework.pdf


SUPERVISION, SUPPORT & CHALLENGE - THE SIX STAGES DEVELOPMENTAL MATRICES

2nd of every month at 7pm BST


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Check out the matrices below:


https://www.sixstagesframework.com/developmental-matrices/



DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN THE BOARDROOM- GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP & SUPPORT


9th of every month at 7pm BST


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WHAT IS THE SIX STAGES FRAMEWORK?


“The Six Stages Framework is an action-based positive tool that will speak to many people and provide the language many people feel that they don't have to speak about their own biases and racism. “What is special about the Six Stages Framework, is that it is a positive, action-based, non-judgemental tool that is essential to addressing sensitive topics.“ Aishling Dempsey, MSc Clinical Health Psychology student/ Honorary Psychology Assistant, Inclusion Psychologists Ltd.

In supporting individuals and organisations to understand and challenge racism it is important to explore and to be able to identify some of the beliefs, values and behaviours individuals and organisations engage in as they struggle to reformulate their views and challenge their own prejudices.

The stages are designed to support individuals and organisations to identify where they are in terms of their awareness of understanding and responding to racism. It is important that as a society we appreciate that we all at different stages in our journey towards understanding and dealing with racism and promoting a more equitable society which does not discriminate according to one’s race, colour and/or appearance.


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WHAT ARE THE SIX STAGES?


Description of the Six Stages of Understanding and Dealing with Racism (+ axis)


The Six Stages Framework is a psychological tool that is designed to assess where individual people or organisations are in their journey towards understanding and dealing with the complexities of individual and systemic racism, whether that is conscious or unconscious, overt or covert: direct or indirect


Stage +1: Unaware, silence and denial

This stage is characterised by having a lack of awareness of racial equity and diversity issues, often presenting as ignorance or being oblivious or ethnocentric. It is characterised by silence or denial of such issues, perhaps by keeping one’s head down, hoping a whole conversation will end, or finding ways to divert from a particular topic to other subjects that seem safer.


Stage +2: Dismissive and avoidant

People at this stage are aware of issues of race, however they are often dismissive of these issues and often believe that racial inequity and social injustice is not such a big issue. There is denial (and avoidance) that racial and social injustice is an issue, and an opinion that there are far more important inequalities and injustices in the world. This is what they tell themselves and others. The denial and discomfort that arises results in avoidance/resistance/anger and shifting attention to other issues that feel more manageable and tolerable.

They are more comfortable talking about gender issues and disability and will always point to other inequalities rather than racism.

At stage +2 people are avoidant of facing race issues; this distinguishes them from the person at stage +1 who is oblivious and ignorant.


Stage +3: Becoming aware of issues of race

At this stage, people are becoming aware of differences and of racism. They begin to question their original stance at Stages +1 and +2. They recognise that there is inequity and racism, but do not understand why, or what they can do about it. They express discomfort about talking about racial differences and racism and feel overwhelmed by the issues. They often express a sense of helplessness, guilt and even shame, and they just want to make everything be okay for everyone.


Stage +4: Open to learning

People at this stage are open to learning and having meaningful conversations about race, including challenging perceptions and biases. They are genuinely willing to listen, learn and re-educate themselves, and may seek out literature on the experiences and testimonials of black people and other ethnic minority groups. They reflect and readily engage in conversations about social, racial injustice and racism and will explore (and own) any unconscious bias they have,


Stage +5: Ability to see the bigger picture

This stage features an ability to reflect and genuinely engage in conversations and with the issues of social/racial injustice and racism, whereby people start to see the bigger picture around race. They are able to explore and own their unconscious bias, white privilege or other positions of power informed by the reading and education gained in Stage +4. They are keen to explore their role as an ally and how they can make a difference.


Stage +6: Leadership qualities

People at this stage are able to take on leadership roles in promoting racial equity, inclusion and social justice. They may join together with others to challenge social injustice and racism, possibly through community engagement, or through a desire to work with others towards a greater cause with the understanding that there is more that unites us than separates us. They understand that racism is about power and systems and focus their energies on supporting change in this area. They will speak up when necessary and challenge racism or perceptions of racism when others are afraid to. They are clear about allyship and their role.

What are your first thoughts about these stages? (e.g. have you seen these stages occurring in others? Are they accurate?) The model is not linear but fluid and dynamic.

Where do you think you are on this stages/ journey?


SUMMARY OF THE SIX STAGES of Understanding and Dealing with Racism (+ve and -ve axis) are as follows:


Stage – 6: Extremists/leadership

Strong racist views and work to champion them to others and recruit others to join them.


Stage – 5: Entrenched views and behaviours

Exhibit strong racist views and enjoy sharing them with others.


Stage – 4: Anger and blaming of ethnic minorities

Likely to attack and reject the views of those who are different. Extreme ways of thinking and behaving.


Stage – 3: Attacking and rejecting

Resenting time spent on race, display of outrage whilst projecting one’s own racism onto others


Stage – 2: Dismissive and avoidant

Dismissive of issues of race, pretending that racial and social injustice do not exist


Stage – 1: Unaware, silence and denial

Lack of awareness, Ignorance, oblivious, silence and denial


Stage + 1: Unaware, silence and denial

Lack of awareness, Ignorance, oblivious, silence and denial


Stage + 2: Dismissive and avoidant

Dismissive of issues of race, pretending that racial and social injustice do not exist


Stage + 3: Becoming aware of issues of race

Becoming more aware of differences and racism, and questioning. Recognise inequity and racism but do not understand why or what they can do about it.


Stage + 4: Open to learning

Open to learning and having meaningful conversations- challenging one’s perceptions


Stage + 5: Ability to see the bigger picture

Ability to reflect and genuinely engage. Starting to see the bigger picture around race- paradigm shift


Stage + 6: Leadership qualities

Ability to take on a leadership role in promoting racial equity and social justice. Joining with others for the greater good and for the sake of Humanity.

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Dr Shungu Hilda M'gadzah


Organizer of UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH EVERYDAY RACISM- SIX STAGES FRAMEWORK

Dr Shungu Hilda M'gadzah

Diversity & Inclusion expert at Inclusion Psychologists Ltd with senior leadership experience and Board level leadership experience in the voluntary sector and public sector.

Shungu has experience as a senior leader in Local Authorities and Education at Head of Service level leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams.

She has worked in Higher Education teaching on the Postgraduate Educational Psychologists training course. She has a doctorate in emotional intelligence. She has recently developed the Six Stages Diversity Conceptual framework.

She organises and delivers courses for Businesses, Local Authorities, Schools, Charities and NHS trusts



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