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Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis


Clinic Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis

Due to COVID 19 the May 12 – 15, 2021 program is cancelled.

Please continue to watch the website or contact for further information regarding the dates and format of our next program.

The Arthritis Society is committed to supporting healthcare professionals in the most up-to-date arthritis identification, care and management best practices.

Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis (CPSIA) is an annual professional development program that has evolved with the evidence and the learning needs of today’s interdisciplinary team. The program progressively develops the participants’ clinical practice skills over a 4-day period through a blend of online, didactic, interactive and experiential learning on the most prevalent arthritis conditions. Participants who complete all program requirements receive a Certificate of Program Completion issued by the Arthritis Society.

CPSIA is suitable for a wide range of professionals who provide client-centred healthcare to people with arthritis across a continuum of settings and stage of disease. (The program does not address childhood arthritis).

Graduates include Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, many of whom go on to successfully complete the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) program.

Course Outline


Upon completion of the program, the participant will have the skills to effectively recognize and report on the health status of clients with inflammatory and osteoarthritis and to formulate an appropriate management plan.

The participant will:

  • Describe clinical features of common forms of inflammatory and osteoarthritis, and relate them to the patho-physiology of the immune system, pharmacologic management and imaging.
  • Demonstrate thorough history-taking and systems review that is focused on inflammatory arthritis.
  • Perform a skilled joint examination and report relevant clinical findings.
  • Identify best practice interventions and refer to the appropriate inter-professional team members.

Certificate of CPSIA Program Completion will be issued on completion of the following criteria:

  • active participation during each of the 4 program days
  • satisfactory completion of prerequisite learning (approximately 14 hours) and
  • A case study presentation with a passing grade from an approved Evaluator (selected by you)
Fees & Registration

Registration cap is 20 participants.

Ontario - Local Health Integration Network / Réseau local d'intégration des services de santéRegistration Fees: $1950

Delivery of this PDP is subsidized by the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program, Ontario, Arthritis Society, a MHLHIN funded program.

Contact to receive eblast notice of registration for the 2021 program.

Testimonials I think this course has helped me to consolidate my thoughts to make a good summary of the findings. I will be able to think through all possible differentials in a more organized fashion. There were some new ways to assess various joints that I plan to change my practice.
I plan to pay much closer attention to multiple joint complaints, and lead assessment into questions related to inflammatory arthritis. Teaching our clinical staff regarding red flags to look for when assessing patients for what appears to be soft tissue injuries or simple OA.
This course has definitely opened my eyes to another area of conditions and their management. Often times I review referrals for very complex conditions, which include arthritis, and I didn't really know much about the condition. Now I have a better idea of what type of management would be most appropriate for them. (2) I am planning on applying to the ACPAC program, so feel this course is extremely relevant to that continued training.


Ann Boyce, CPSIA Program Assistant, Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program
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