Jeff Sych is a registered psychologist who has dedicated his private practice to the wellbeing and recovery of public safety personnel.
Jeff is trained in the assessment and evidence-based treatment of mental health conditions that arise from public safety personnel service but prefers to present on building resistance and resilience so that public safety personnel stay psychologically healthy and put him out of business by not needing his services any longer.
Jeff is a co-author of a 2022 published peer-reviewed research study showing positive effects of high fidelity CISM Programs on the mental health of first responders in Canada. He is currently engaged in conducting three other research projects, funded through government grants, in collaboration with the University of Regina and CIPSRT and one other research project in collaboration with the University of Calgary. The focus of the research is on different aspects of delivering public safety mental wellness programs and their effectiveness.
Jeff is an ICISF Approved Instructor for CISM peer support courses; “Assisting Individuals in Crisis,” “Group Crisis Intervention,” “Psychological Body ArmorTM for Emergency Services and Healthcare,” and “Resilient Leadership for Emergency Services and Healthcare.” Jeff has a current Certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM) from the University of Marilyn Baltimore County. He is the clinical director of nine CISM teams: first responder, hospital and corporate based. He provides expert consultation on mental wellness initiatives, CISM team development, functioning and has participated directly in CISM interventions.
Over the past 5 years Jeff has trained over 2000 front-line public safety personnel and 100 leaders in emergency services in CISM Peer Support. Traveling throughout the province of Alberta for an initiative to establish the Alberta Critical Incident Peer Network (ACIPN): a 24/7 peer led/peer driven network of trained peers who can 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.