First Bite #143 – April 06, 2021

Self-Care for the SLP in a Hurry

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the effervescent Kayla Duncan, MS in Applied Psychology, Francis Marion University’s Assistant Director of Counseling and Testing, adjunct professor, and advocate for student and clinician’s mental health. With spring break around the corner for most of us, this is a great opportunity to check in with ourselves and find out how we are really doing…on an emotional and psychological level. Kayla and Michelle spend an hour getting into the details on signs and symptoms of caregiver fatigue and burnout, quick functional strategies that you can implement lying in bed in the morning or in the afternoon school carline pickup. But what about when those functional strategies are just not covering it? Don’t worry, Kayla shares her resources on how to obtain professional resources for yourself…and Michelle shares resources on support teams and groups for our patient’s caregivers. Sit back, relax, and let Kayla and Michelle refill your cup for an hour so that you are ready to refuel others.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • Self-care strategies that can occur in a few minutes for easy management on the go.
  • Signs and symptoms of caregiver fatigue and burnout in our patient’s families and within ourselves.
  • Potential sources for professional mental health assistance and how to pursue them for patient’s caregivers or yourself.


Kayla Duncan, MS Applied Psychology

Kayla Duncan was born and raised in Lancaster, SC. She is a double alumnus from Francis Marion University, with a B.S. in Psychology, minor in Sociology as well as a M.S. in Applied Psychology. She is a certified addictions counselor and has been working in the counseling field since 2014. She has worked as FMU’s Assistant Director of Counseling and Testing for the last 2 and ½ years, serving FMU students via counseling as well as assisting with ADA accommodations. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor with the FMU Psychology Department since 2014, teaching various upper level Psychology courses. She is a lover of all things music, holistic, and spiritually centered.