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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!