Published on July 23, 2020
Jeff Sych is a registered psychologist who has dedicated his private practice to the wellbeing and recovery of those whose professions have an increase likelihood of exposure to traumatic events through their line of work.
Jeff is trained in the assessment and delivery of evidence-based treatment of mental health conditions that arise out of service-related exposures. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of building psychological resistant and resiliency to psychological injuries.
Jeff is engaged in conducting three research projects, funded through government grants, two in collaboration with the University of Regina and the other with the University of Alberta. The focus of the research is on different aspects of delivering mental wellness programs and their effectiveness with public safety personnel.
Jeff is an ICISF Approved Instructor for both Critical Incident Stress Management (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.
Over the past 2 years Jeff has trained 800 front-line public safety personnel, 50 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 150 organizations that include health-care, search and rescue, emergency medical staff, fire services and protective services.
Jeff is the Clinical Director of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) – Canada and in May 2019, was the recipient of “The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s Co-Founder Award of Excellence in Crisis Invention and Disaster Management.”