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Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Education, Educational Services, Inmate Support, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Equilibrium Dynamics (EQD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching adults and children how to build a life in which feelings empower, rather than sabotage relationships, activities and careers. Everbody has feelings. But not everybody is familiar with the fundamental principles and basic dynamics of those feelings. We teach key aspects of feelings as well as the related skills and strategies for managing them.  These topics are commonly known as emotional intelligence (EQ), emotional competence or Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Research indicates that these skills and strategies empower students for success whenever they are applied. Goals: - Empower individuals to reach highest realistic goals in academic achievements, occupations, and healthy living in functional families. - Increase public awareness and practice of emotional competence skills to create thriving institutions and safe neighborhoods with community participation for the common good. - Partner with others for maximum impact and efficiency, putting emotional competence into practice. - Contribute to the knowledge and experience in this field and our own effectiveness through ongoing evaluation of our programs. 

Results: The EQD curriculum for teaching emotional intelligence has been proven success rating. 91% of those who have taken a course found it valuable. 92% learned something they can use. 89% learned something to help them meet their professional and personal responsibilities.

Target demographics: Low income, Minorities, Educators, Health Care Professionals, General population, Public Health

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Bay Area and Beyond

Programs: *workshops and consultations for health organizations, high school students & faculty, and corporations e.g. San Francisco and Sonoma county high schools, California; Northern California Psychiatric Society; UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, medical students & faculty; SNMA medical students. *Parent workshops to improve family dynamics & communications and support student performance, e.g. PreCollege Programs at Sonoma State; *Partnerships with universities, colleges and other organizations to provide emotional competence workshops to empower participants to improve their performance through selected skills training and consultations e.g. HBCs, nationally; Kent State, OH; Sonoma State, CA. *Training seminars for counselors, therapists and teachers, etc. interested in learning the comprehensive emotional competence curriculum as a foundation for emotional competence skills development. *Development of teaching materials and resources for use with high school, college and medical students, parents, professionals and others. *Research & evaluation to assess impact and improve outcomes for teachers and students in our programs.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Joi J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equilibrium Dynamics did a 3-part Emotional Intelligence series for our organization this summer. The trainers were engaging and offered relatable content for my staff that challenged their emotional maturity. We also got a chance to dive deeper on professional and personal experiences that we had never shared before. That's the type of space and environment EDQ creates. Our self-care is now at the forefront of every staff meeting now. We are even planning a staff retreat this Fall. Thanks to EQD, we now have polished emotional capacity and skills to help serve our youth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took a workshop that met 5 different days over 5 months dealing with emotional competence and development. It was one of the most practical, usable, and high quality workshops of its kind. It's helps develop skills that every adult could use to enrich their work and personal lives, yet such skills are rare in a society that so needs them. Developing emotional awareness, skill, and mastery is one of the few things that one can do to make your life fundamentally better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with EQD as a volunteer was a great experience! It’s one thing to read through their thoroughly comprehensive curriculum booklet, but to see it’s real world application in a workshop environment was inspirational. The workshop facilitators themselves were very knowledgeable and engaging. Later on, I had the great opportunity to go through the actual training myself and it provided a whole new perspective. The greatest part about the curriculum and the EQD method is it’s real world applicability. However, the organization shines in that their people are very much engaged in helping you and are genuinely interested in your personal growth and development.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EQD continues to do a phenomenal job teaching Emotional Intelligence skills to people all over the country!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The clarity and practical principles of EQD are highly valuable and life changing. I participated in a 6-month Emotional Competence Certified Training course, and immediately experienced positive professional and personal results. Dr. Flower's has developed a hands-on, and broadly applicable curriculum, which resonates for people of all ages and walks of life. EQD is truly amazing. I have and will continue to highly recommend EQD to anyone.

1 Tamara B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This workshop was excellent they gave me tools to be able to handle not only work situations but also personal ones. I did not realize that we could feel so many feelings at once and that our dreams are actually a way of telling you what is going on with in yourself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I completed the Equilibrium Dynamics Emotional Competence Specialist Training this year, and consider it one of the best decisions I've ever made. The workshops included attendees from various health professions backgrounds, all of whom were stimulated by the engaging discussions and challenging real-life case studies. The sessions were thoughtfully facilitated by founder Dr. Loma Flowers herself, along with EQD executive director Dr. Ruth Thomas-Squance. These workshops have equipped me with skills I'll be using for the rest of my personal and professional life. It is an empowering experience to discover that emotions are not only understandable, but manageable, and the effects of learning how to understand and manage my emotions competently, compassionately, and clear-sightedly are, and have been, life-changing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became an EQD teacher after participating in a workshop through a colleague in the APA, (American Psychiatric Institute). I have had the pleasure of using the structures of EQD when discussing issues as diverse as moral decision making with High School students, analyzing interactions between institutional police and clinical staff in a busy urban emergency room, and supporting post-graduate students in public health further their ability to communicate with and educate communities in overcoming structural barriers to better health. The curriculum on professionalism, as well as time management have proved personally very useful. I applaud Dr. Flowers for developing such a comprehensive tool and making it so available to the public.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center was honored once again to have Dr. Jabari Jones come in during Mental Health Awareness Month to teach us how to be more aware of our emotions so that we can maintain a healthy mindset. This year's topic was "Dream Interpretation: Unlocking the Secrets of Your Dreams."


Dr. Jones was fun, engaging, energetic, informative, and insightful. He taught us that there are are hidden messages or unresolved feelings in dreams that our subconscious minds try to communicate, and yet, sometimes we fail to recognize. He taught us how to become more aware of our dreams by giving us a step-by-step dream interpretation method to decode and analyze our dreams. Using the messages in our dreams, we can solve, and better understand our daily problems and struggles. At the end of Dr. Jones workshop, we all gained knowledge of the benefit of decoding our dreams, and how this can enhance our life. "

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The founder of Equilibrium Dynamics, Dr. Loma Flowers, participated in our U.S. Army human performance-oriented seminars. She volunteered her time and efforts over the course of a 12-month period to ensure that the emotion component of Soldier performance was articulated and understood properly. We are delighted that she continues her work with us in an advisory capacity. Her contributions are instrumental in making the lives of Soldiers better - on and off the battlefield. Equilibrium Dynamics is a great organization with great people who give back to service members. We look forward to Dr. Flowers continued support. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an Equilibrium Dynamics workshop in May, hosted by one of their members, Jabari Jones, MD. It was an interesting and informative workshop that taught me how to be more active, rather than passive, in experiencing and dealing with my emotions. For a student of this particular niche, a lay person wanting more knowledge, or a patient in therapy, this program provides a great formula that is immediately applicable to everyday life. It requires a lot of work, but it is worthwhile.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the great pleasure to sit in on a dream interpretation workshop facilitated by Jabari Jones MD. Dr. Jones presented a well-informed, educational, and insightful workshop on the importance of dreams in reaching one's full potential by exploring the unconscious meaning of dreams and how our dreams contain valuable information about our fears, wishes, conflicts, and emotions. I walked away with a solid foundation with the process of analyzing and interpreting my dreams through the EQD model. I've since used this model and it has significantly reduced stress and anxiety in waking life, helped me gain insight into conflicts, unhealthy relationships, life goals and healthier ways of living.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EQD is a phenomenal non-profit. The curriculum has helped me tremendously both personally and professionally over the years. The tools are easy to grasp and can be applied immediately to life situations. I have experienced deep and long-lasting growth as a result! Thank you EQD!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Dr. Loma Flowers at Equilibrium Dynamics because my college-age daughter was sexually assaulted on her university campus in Chicago. I was desperate to help my daughter and my family understand and deal with the aftermath of the assault. It was clear after my first session with Dr. Flowers that she is one of the most gifted psychiatrists and life coaches on the planet. She listens with a keen ear and is able to make an assessment regarding issues that are apparent as well as those that lie below the surface. She is compassionate, incredibly discerning and surefooted. Her questions are to the point and always encourage me to work harder to make sense of stubborn, deeply rooted issues. My daughter and I read her “Emotional Competence Education and Training” book over a weekend and it was life-changing. We found it to be insightful, while extending straightforward and practical advice. Dr. Flowers has helped me and my family immensely. My call to her is one of the best I’ve ever made! We are deeply grateful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time both personally and professionally participating in Equilibrium Dynamics' Emotional Competence Course. The facilitators have expert knowledge and created a welcoming space that encouraged growth. In addition, the final EQ-i workplace report was very thorough and provided concrete information to drive further growth. I would highly recommend Equilibrium Dynamics to promote Emotional Competence as a workplace team, individual professional development, and personal growth.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed serving on the Board of Equilibrium Dynamics and watching the growth and development of this fine non-profit organization since its inception. I have been impressed with the dedication, creativity and hard work that have gone into the development of workshops, teaching modules and materials generated by Dr. Flowers and her associates at EqD to support the learning and success of students and professionals from disadvantaged communities. It feels great to play a small part in an organization which is developing solutions to one of our divided nation's major problems.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization continues to have a great impact on the lives of people of various backgrounds and education levels, including parents of vulnerable teens, teens experiencing significant life trauma, minority medical students and graduate students. I'm excited to see how their new online Feeling Management Course will widen their reach, and help numerous people lead healthier lives, and maintain healthier relationships and careers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers has used emotional competence teaching to empower medical students at UCSF, including myself years ago, to leverage their relationships, life experiences, and emotions for their success. Through Equilibrium Dynamics she and her team are reaching out to our community, especially underserved communities, to empower children, parents, students, and professionals in their relationships and careers. I'm always in awe at how much of an impact her teachings on emotional intelligence have on everyone who has the opportunity to complete her course.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help Equilibrium Dynamics do some long term planning. They are great team to work with and were very open to feedback and made me and my input feel very valued. They are doing great work.

booklover99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work! The information they share is life changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The EQD curriculum and training opportunities have changed my life! It's an incredible organization run by people with hearts of gold. They are changing lives, one person at a time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Flowers for many years. She is a masterful teacher, breaking down the most complex topics in emotional intelligence and making them accessible to all. She uses her humor, insight and great wisdom to work with students and to inspire hope. With Equilibrium Dynamics, she has harvested the experience of her impressive career, and developed a program to teach others her skills. The 6 month training program is superb. I can't recommend her programs highly enough. Equilibrium Dynamics is truly inspirational.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The training course in emotional competency training was superb! It had solid foundation and was very practical and pragmatic. I use what I learned all the time in my practice.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At our request, Drs. Flowers and Thomas-Squance provided a well-written, comprehensive article about their work for an educational publication distributed to postgradutate medical trainees. We were hoping to give our readers some basic information about the field and it's utility in their clinical practices. The article far exceeded expectations by being concise, organized, on-target, and very interesting. We expect a great deal of positive feed-back about their disciplne and their program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equilibrium Dynamics (EquiD) is an amazing program that focuses on helping clients learn emotional competence for primarily young adults (teenage, college students). The program developed by Dr. Loma Flowers, provides the tools necessary to enable people to be able to express feelings, emotions in a clear, concise manner and fosters more mature relationships. Our current educational system ignores this important concept. This would be a valuable program to incorporate into all levels of our educational system.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Dr. Flowers did an amazing job in sharing the ideals of the program during our trainings and how to influence students and individuals I work with in higher education. The lessons of Equilibrium Dynamics provided very valuable skills that I share with students I work with and even professionals in the field. Definitely a useful tool for a variety of fields.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Equilibrium Dynamics provided me with a number of tools and resources to better assist my students as an educator. I really appreciated the services provided to better understand the importance and role of feeling management and understanding the differences that make each individual unique and different. As an educator, it was definitely a tool that I have recommended to other colleagues looking to better serve their students as well as themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My program encourages under-represented master's students of color on to the doctorate. We have been extraordinarily successful, particularly since we now include Dr. Flowers and Equilibrium Dynamics as an integral part of our work. In particular, we hold a doctoral student retreat for our alumni that attracts doctoral students of color from around the country. It is mainly centered on Dr. Flowers' philosophy and strategies for coping and thriving. The participants love it and report being renewed and more confident about completing their degrees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equilibrium Dynamics provided excellent and professional trainings to our school. They were a very well-run organization that made it easy to communicate with and get set up with a training that fit our students' needs. Thank you, EQ, for your generosity and sharing your knowledge with our community!

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Thanks Mia!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr Flowers was an essential piece in the NP residency to help me recognize the skills in my toolbox, to optimize my emotional competency, and in term improve patient care outcomes in the community. - Bahare

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Thanks Bahare!

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to serve on the Board of EQD. The organization continues to provide an essential service providing both direct tuition to diverse groups, and courses with a strong curriculum for furthering the teaching of Emotional Competence.

I am excited to see the future development for using online and mobile technology to reach a wider audience for this much needed skill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers and the EQD curriculum has helped me both professionally and personally develop life long skills in emotional competence. Our current educational systems seem at a loss for teaching students emotions....EQD fills in the gaps. It helps students develop a way to name, sort, explore, reflect and implement emotions into our decisions. The approach skillfully teaches how to use our emotions to help ourselves be our best selves in the world and help others do the same. I highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers and the EQD team has improved my organization's capacity to serve young people and their families. We partnered with EQD for several years to educate and train our young people, their parents and the program staff. Our clients experienced growth and transformation in each session- I can't remember any wasted time! The unexpected gift of the relationship is that I believe I received more than the clients in my own personal development. If I could, I would have them for personal/professional coaching on a weekly basis. Thank you Equilibirum Dynamics!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers is a pioneer and such a gifted speaker and educator. I found her and her EQD team to be diverse, dedicated, expert, and very approachable. They are so skilled in the personal and professional exploration of emotional competence, and really getting at the application of those skills in "real world" life experience. Their message is so universal - a real asset to the individual, the professional, young, old, schools, corporate groups... I am so happy to have been able to participate in their program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers and Equilibrium Dynamics helped our large, diverse public health center staff productively discuss issues relating to workplace safety and group cohesion during a full day retreat. Her intelligent and skillful approach helped everybody feel well heard and encouraged productive engagement/discussion. The positive impact has helped us to make needed changes and build a healthier community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer board members of this Equilibrium Dynamics for 8 years now and I am proud to be associated with the organization. Equilibrium Dynamics has made a real difference by both directly teaching youth and community members and by training professionals how to teach them as well. The goal of teaching emotional competence is a vital one in today's society. Equilibrium Dynamics accomplishes this goal with intelligence and humor. Definitely an organization to watch and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Flowers is an inspiration. She is a wonderful speaker, teacher, motivator and mentor. The EDQ team is a group of intelligent, open-minded, warm and compassionate individuals, with big hearts ready to help empower others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Loma Flowers is a powerhouse. She is truly inspirational as a teacher and mentor. I heard her speak in a lecture on dreams more than 20 years ago. I knew I had to work with her. Over the years of our professional collaboration, I have watched her change many lives through her approach to emotional empowerment, which is straightforward and easily accessible. In order to reach a broader audience, she created her nonprofit, Equilibrium Dynamics. Through this organization, she teaches her curriculum to others. I participated in the 6 month training and found it very valuable both personally and professionally. Equilibrium Dynamics is truly a gem!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a recent participant in a 6-month training with Equilibrium Dynamics on Emotional Competency. This program has exceeded my expectations for several reasons. First, the tools offered are extremely practical and the training provides a platform for learning how to employ the tools for the right situation. I always leave the training with a few key phrases or concepts that can help guide me in staying grounded and evaluating my circumstances in a way that will help me make choices for the best outcomes. Second, Dr. Loma Flowers, who facilitates the training, brings a wealth of experience and also very hands-on, practical perspectives on emotional competency. I don't have a background or formal training in psychology, thus the practical approach is helpful to me. Finally, I find the supportive nature of the class environment extremely helpful for me in dissecting scenarios and situations in my own life to learn and become more emotionally competent. We all have a chance to share on the topics being discussed, which I find helpful. I learn from dissecting my own experiences as well as hearing from others and helping them dissect their scenarios as well. This is extremely valuable training for those who are leadership roles professionally, or who simply want to have mastery over their own lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EQD provided me with important and essential concepts that have helped improve, not only the quality of my own professional and personal life, but provided me with no areas of focus that I could pass along in my work with patients. Dr. Flowers presentation of material is not only engaging, but practical. Everyone I have ever met that has experienced EQD or Dr. Flowers comments on how positive and influential that time has been. I highly recommend EQD to anyone who thinks their personal or professional life could use a little more emotional competence. And if you don't think you could use that, then you probably need it even more than most!!

Renee31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for EQD more than five years ago because I was impressed by its mission and by Dr. Flowers. My continued interaction with both the organization and Dr. Flowers have helped me enormously in both my professional and personal lives. Through my association, I have realized that my own emotional experiences of the world have been greatly muted but I am learning to re-allow emotion into my life and learning to manage the wide spectrum of emotions so that I am fully human in every moment. It is sometimes difficult work but the effort is completely worthwhile. I often speak of my volunteer efforts with EQD because I feel so strongly that others will also benefit from exposure to and use of EQD principles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cont. to grow from the exposure to the EQD curriculum. The last few months have added a lot to my effectiveness in my job setting using EQD as a way of structuring a pilot program to improve our relationship to law enforcement, for example.
I have had occassion to use it as well to work on changes to increase my healthy habits and decrease habits that undermine my health, using the support of personal relationships and the self responsibility portion of the curriculum. The applications of this curriculum are endless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with EQD as well as donated to the organization. I have been so moved by the mission of teaching emotional competence that I have begun to train as a coach and apply the skill to various settings, including my own profession as a psychiatrist. We have used the skills in teaching MDs how to find balance and care for themselves, as well as teens in an at risk HS who are making decisions every day that shape their future, often driven by impulses and emotions they don't acknowledge or understand.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On six occasions during the last twelve years, Dr Flowers has been invited to spend ten days at Eton College in order to help members of the teaching staff to deliver the Personal, Social, and Health Education programme to students between the ages of 13 and 18. We have been inspired by her teaching and by her ability both to communicate and to model empathy. Her talk to sixteen-year-olds on “Growing into Responsible Adulthood” made a very powerful impact on the students. In a series of seminars, she also talked to our senior students about the responsibilities and challenges of leadership.
In addition, Dr Flowers made herself available for one-to-one and small-group consultations with adult members of the community. This opportunity was taken up by a good number of people, who found their conversations about specific issues, personal and professional, to be of enormous value.

Nicholas Welsh, Head of the Personal, Social, and Health Education Programme at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Flowers for over 25 years at the University of California, San Francisco and often invite her to present workshops. Since she began focusing Equilibrium Dynamics, I have been incredibly impressed with her work on emotional intelligence and the adept way she encourages people to recognize their feelings at work. Dr.Flowers is a very effective educator and presents her material in a non-judgemental and accessible way. She serves as an outstanding role model and always receives the highest kudos from workshop participants.
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Gigi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During our first experience with Dr. Flowers in our training, I was daunted by how much I was not comfortable with after reading her manual. The concepts were easy to understand but the idea of executing them with your own clients took more skills, practice and awesome guidance with Dr. Flowers and her team. The group who I trained with were exceptional professionals in the field and gaining experience with me. Because I was able to open up with my struggles with my own clients, the training was much more useful, and I was able to really gain insight as to how others were using it. I used Equilibrium Dynamics in the field of nutrition and nutrition counseling. At first, I was weary of how I can integrate the two along with pre-existing counseling methods but at the end of the program, I was more confident that I can do it, and I can use this skill to increase my abilities to help my clients with overweight, portion control, eating healthier, etc... I have also found myself to use the skills more in my own life where it now an every day thing. To be conscious of certain things in life. It has definitely changed the way I have view facebook. :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loma did a private workshop for our playgroup, and there were so many bits of wisdom I went away with, as well as wanting to dig in more deeply. My husband and I had a lot to talk about regarding raising our son and our marriage. The biggest impact the workshop had on me was remembering that I'm raising my child to be an adult, so depending on the adult I'm hoping he'll be, I should gear opportunities and lessons towards that goal. (She also was honest about us having lots of wiggle room to not be perfect, but be honest with our kids!).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing to give my comment of Equilibrium Dymanics. I have been to 3+ of their various workshops and feel that my option is valid and significant. Their workshops are great and no matter how many that I go to they are always helpful and insiteful into me understanding more about myself and emotional development. Dr. Flowers and her staff really care and are professional women who are very pleasent and not only work well with other people (of any age and background), Flowers experience lends her to enable people to open up and feel safe in group settings. From Stress management to (3)Emotional Balance any and everyone would benefit from their services and I am proud to be apart of it and hope to see it expand!