Jeff Sych is a registered psychologist who has dedicated his private practice to the wellbeing and recovery of first responders.
Jeff is trained in the assessment and evidence-based treatment of mental health conditions that arise from first responder service but prefers to present on building resistance and resilience so that first responders stay psychologically healthy and put him out of business by not needing his services any longer.
Currently, Jeff is engaged in conducting four research projects, funded through government grants, three in collaboration with the University of Regina and one with the University of Alberta. The focus of the research is on different aspects of delivering first responder mental wellness programs and their effectiveness.
Jeff is an ICISF Approved Instructor for both CISM peer support courses “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” and “Group Crisis Intervention.” He is the clinical director of seven CISM teams: first responder, hospital and corporate based. He provides expert consultation on mental wellness initiatives, CISM team development and functioning and participated directly in CISM interventions.
Since 2017, Jeff has trained over 900 front-line public safety personnel, 100 leaders in emergency services, and 200 healthcare-based staff in CISM Peer Support. He has been instrumental in establishing the Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network (ACIPN): a 24/7 peer led/peer driven network of trained peers who are able to provide evidence-informed peer support to those members impacted by the traumatic experiences they are exposed to during the routine course of their operational duties. Membership in the ACIPN has grown to over 80 organizations that include healthcare, search and rescue, emergency medical staff, fire services and protective services.