October 31st, 2020

Vital Conversations: Creating Space for Inclusion

Jarrod Sanderson and I were able to collaborate and create an outstanding presentation on creating safe space for having important conversations around race and inclusion. I would like to thank Encore Institute for Social Impact and Resolve Counseling, for providing me this opportunity to continue the work.

**Due to copyright issues a section of this presentation had to be deleted - a segment from the Netflix special, Derren Brown: Sacrifice played from 18:3825:04. It is recommended you watch this section on your own.

If you are seeking a counseling therapy practice in the KC metro area specializing in individual therapy services for adults, couples, teens and children, then check at Resolve Counseling at

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July 24th, 2020

Navigating Sensitive Conversations Around Race: Presented by Clara and Vlad Sainte

Hi everyone. Here's the link to the presentation my wife Clara and I gave on navigating sensitive conversations around race. In this video, we discuss how to establish common language and genuine intention when navigating these conversations with both adults and children. Hope you enjoy!

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July 1st, 2020

How to Speak to Your Child About Race

Had such an amazing opportunity to join a panel discussion with Kansas City Pediatricians to discuss how to have a conversation about race with our children. In this conversation, we discuss tips and clinical best-practice to spark such a needed conversation.

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April 10th, 2020

Just Like A Hero Book Reading

With all of us staying at home, I thought I would read my debut book, Just Like A Hero. This story is about a young black boy named Will, who is struggling with some negative views about himself, but throughout his journey learns how to share his feelings and become the hero he is inside. During this stressful time, remember we can be heroes for ourselves and for our kids! Come up with your own superpowers and share them as a family.

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April 8th, 2020

It Will Be Okay Book Reading

Hi everyone, I just posted a personal reading of It Will Be Okay on YouTube this afternoon. I created this book to help support children's mental health in a way that's fun and easily accessible for them. It Will Be Okay is designed to tackle themes of overcoming fear, anxiety, and bullying, which makes it a great resource for parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals who work children experiencing stressful moments. I hope you enjoy!

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April 8th, 2020

Therapist Offers Ways Parents Can Talk to Children About COVID-19

If you have found yourself struggling with the best ways to share information about COVID-19 with your children, check out my interview with KMBC. If you need a book to help you discuss anxiety and fears you may see in your child, look into my second book, It Will Be Okay, and help them battle their own fear monsters.

KMBC Interview
April 5th, 2020

Mental Health Support During COVID-19 Pandemic!

I was recently contacted by the host of KCUR's Central Standard, to provide insider professional knowledge on mental health resources within the Kansas City community to support families during the COVID-19 crisis. Please remember that we are all in this together, and to seek support if you are experiencing any distressing feelings or thoughts. Eventually, this crisis will pass, and It Will be Okay!

April 3rd, 2020

Supporting Children's Mental Health During a Pandemic - KKFI KC Community Radio Interview

Hello everyone! I was just featured in an interview on KKFI KC Community Radio where I discussed tips on supporting children's mental health and reducing their stress during this pandemic. Stay safe everyone!

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March 2nd, 2020

Just Like A Hero Featured on StoryTime with Kayla

During an author book tour in Chicago, I met Kayla Spears, who runs her own YouTube Channel called Story Time with Kayla. I was moved and impressed by her personality and entrepreneurship that I handed her a copy of Just Like A Hero. She saw the value in my work and featured it in her latest episode. Check out the video and her YouTube Channel.

Story Time w/ Kayla
February 11th, 2020

Just Like A Hero Series Featured by Lead to Read KC Again!

I was honored to be featured in an email by Lead to Read again. Check out what they had to say!

"Lead to Read KC is excited to partner with local children’s therapist and author Vladimir Sainte for a second year to help promote coping skills and self-esteem among our students. Sainte’s book It Will Be Okay brings a message of hope about overcoming bullying, anxiety and fear. His book Just Like a Hero teaches personal values and challenges negative thoughts.

Each of our teaching partners will receive one of Sainte’s books and a teaching guide, and each of our students will receive a book. We are organizing author visits to a number of our partner schools. Watch for more details soon via email and our social media!"

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February 8th, 2020

Presentation at Bluff Elementary

Back to Iowa, this time in Clinton to share my message about mental health and the need to diversify children's literature. Bluff Elementary is doing great work with incorporating Trauma-Informed care into the school culture. Happy to add to their messaging.

January 26th, 2020

KCUR 89.3/NPR Interview

I was recently interviewed by KCUR 89.3/NPR on their Central Standard show, discussing the importance of mental health and diversity in children's literature and my Just Like A Hero book series. Check out the article and give it a listen!

I would also like to thank Lead to Read KC for seeing the value in my work. If you haven't heard of them, please check them out at This year, I will be partnering with them again to read my second children's book, It Will Be Okay, at several KC schools to improve the emotional literacy of youth.

KCUR Interview
January 11th, 2020

Wonderscope Presentation

Enjoyed my time sharing It Will Be Okay with a group of kiddos today’s at Wonderscope Children’s Museum. Thank you Amy for the wonderful opportunity to share my message of resiliency, inclusion, and hope. The kids even got to create their own Hope shields. #Justlikeaheroseries