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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

13 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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!

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.
Amy Levine