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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

5 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!


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. "

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.

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.

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!).