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Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis


Clinic Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis

New CPSIA Hybrid Program 2023

Registration for our Spring Program is Now Closed.

Full Program:
3 Virtual afternoon Sessions – May 1st, May 15th and May 23rd 
Plus 2 in-person days – June 5th and 6th 
Available as Full Program or Virtual only  

Dept Physical Therapy, University of Toronto  
500 University Ave. Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7 

What is CPSIA?

Arthritis Society Canada 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 a 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 5-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 Arthritis Society Canada.

CPSIA is suitable for the following health care professionals:  Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors,  and Nurse Practitioners. It will support the learning of those who provide client-centred healthcare to people with arthritis across a continuum of settings and stages of disease. (The program does not address childhood arthritis).  

Many of the program’s graduates  go on to successfully complete the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) program.

2023 Course Outline


Upon completion of the full 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 program days
  • satisfactory completion of prerequisite learning (approximately 6 hours) and surveys
Fees & Registration

Registration cap: 20 participants for full program and an additional 20 for virtual program.

Registration Fees: 

  • Full program: $1000
  • Virtual program only: $185

Registration for our Spring Program is Now Closed.

Delivery of this program is subsidized by the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program, Ontario, an Ontario Health funded program.

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Cancellation Policy

50% refund available up to April 1, 2023. No refund after this point.

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 Client Services Coordinator, Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program
Tel: 1-800-321-1433 Ext. 1224 | Email: