Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen

October 21, 2014

What is an Enrichment Class?

By Andrew Katen Enrichment classes are learning experiences that go above and beyond what is possible in the traditional school classroom.  With small student-to-instructor ratios, they create an environment in which students are free to explore individual interests, take full advantage of personal qualities (such as learning styles and temperaments), […]
September 12, 2014

Change the world… By changing yourself!

By Andrew Katen   Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen are a husband and wife team whose love for learning, education, and life enrichment inspired the founding of Inner Compass, a place in Grand Junction for self-discovery and successful living.  Learn more at: The other day, I was reminded of one of […]
August 20, 2014

Have fun (and learn) with board games!

By Andrew Katen Who doesn’t remember hours of fun playing board games with parents or friends when we were kids?  Monopoly®, chess, checkers, Trivial Pursuit®, Scrabble® and countless other games kept us busy in the evenings, on rainy days or during visits to the grandparents.  Although video games seem to […]
July 14, 2014

Harnessing the Power of Thought

By Dr. Katrina Katen, Psy.D. Inner Compass “What we think, we become.” — Buddha Thoughts are exceptionally powerful. Harnessing this power is the foundation for successful living. Your thoughts determine your emotions and actions and, ultimately, they create your reality. What you focus your thoughts upon is what your life […]
April 14, 2014

A feel-good, strengths-based focus on your family

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   This past week marked the first session of the parenting class I teach at the Parenting Place. At the end of the session, I assigned a challenge to each family, which I’m also offering to you here. This week, notice: Five things your child does […]
March 20, 2014

Using choices to conquer the battle of wills

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters Most parents can think of a time (or many times) when they found themselves in a power struggle with their child or teen.  One of the best ways to reduce these power struggles is to use choices with limits.  Choices provide a sense of shared control […]
February 19, 2014

Why is my child struggling at school?

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   There are many reasons a child may struggle at school, and, although these may be obvious in some cases, for most children, the root cause is complex and not immediately obvious. Parents frequently report feeling frustrated, powerless and unsure how to help their child. Before […]
February 4, 2014

Our underlying philosophies

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   “Philosophy is the lens for interpretation and compass for action.” –Andrew Katen What is your reaction when you hear the word philosophy? Some people roll their eyes as images of Socrates and other Greek thinkers dressed in white robes, sipping red wine, come to mind.  […]
January 4, 2014

Mastering Your Life

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters “When the voice and the vision on the inside become more profound, clear and loud than the opinions on the outside, you have mastered your life.” — Dr. John F. DeMartini  I am kicking off my first blog post with a powerful quote by Dr. John […]