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Clinic Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis

Clinic Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis

The 2018 Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis program was completed April 18 - 21 inclusive. We look forward to presenting the 41st Annual program in May 2019. Dates will be confirmed in the new year. If you wish to receive the “On-Line Registration is Open” eblast please send an email to:

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

The 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 of the program requirements receive a Certificate of Program Completion issued by The Arthritis Society.

The 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, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, many of whom have successfully completed 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:

  1. Pre-requisite Learning (approximately 12 hours)
  2. Active participation during each of the 4 days
  3. Formal learner evaluation by an authorized External Evaluator.
Fees & Registration

Ontario - Local Health Integration Network / Réseau local d'intégration des services de santé

Delivery of this PDP is subsidized by the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program, Ontario,The Arthritis Society, a MHLHIN funded 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
Program Assistant Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program
The Arthritis Society
Tel: 1-800-321-1433 Ext. 1224
Fax: (519) 433-7035