If you or your organization/clinic is interested in providing the GLA:D™ Canada program, there are a few things to consider, including whether you see patients with OA and whether you, or your staff, have the right qualifications for the program. You will also need space and equipment to implement the program as it is a group based program.
Read this Getting Started with GLA:D document for more information on how to implement the GLA:D™ Canada program.
Is there a need for this program at your organization/clinic? Do the people you serve experience symptoms of hip or knee osteoarthritis? Will your clientele be able to access and benefit from this program? There are a few exclusionary criteria you will want to consider so see ‘How to participate in GLA:D‘ for more information.
To provide the GLA:D™ Canada program, all clinicians must complete a 1.5 day training course in order to become a certified GLA:D™ Canada instructor. Each site should consider having multiple trained staff to provide the program. This will allow for coverage if a staff member is unable to provide the program.
To become certified individuals must have the knowledge, skills, ability and scope of practice to:
The GLA:D Canada course is available for professionals who will be working in Canada only.
Individuals that meet these criteria can register for the course directly.
Other professionals may have the qualifications and experience to be eligible to provide the program and need to demonstrate this experience to the GLAD National team. These professionals include:
In each case additional training and experience with an OA population, including patients with co morbidities, is required and must be demonstrated in the application to take the course.
If you believe you have the relevant additional training and experience you will need to apply to take the course by providing a:
Through this documentation each individual needs to demonstrate that they have:
Documentation needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application will be reviewed by the GLA:D™ Canada national team and the individual notified of their acceptance or decline to take the training course. Please do not register for a training course until you have received this notification.
Of note job descriptions/qualifications that do not typically meet the criteria are:
Please allow at least 2 weeks for our national team to review the application. All decisions made 4 days prior to the course are final and changes cannot be considered after this date.
Please note that all decisions will be made based on the documentation provided. If declined, additional email or phone call information will not be considered. Individuals are able to resubmit updated documentation one time if they are able to address the deficits.
The program consists of 2-3 group education sessions which includes 2 powerpoint presentations. We recommend having access to a laptop/computer, projector, screen or blank wall space, and seating for all participants.
The program consists of 12 group exercise sessions taking place twice per week for six weeks. These sessions are 60 minutes in duration and the following equipment.