Implementing upper limb constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) (face-to-face)

Implementing upper limb CIMT
Implementing upper limb CIMT
Implementing upper limb CIMT
Implementing upper limb CIMT

This workshop is run over 2 days and accepts 24 registrants.

This workshop enables small groups to work with clients and receive feedback from the presenters during clinical sessions.

Target audience: The workshop will be of interest to occupational therapists, physiotherapists and allied health assistants from hospital and community based settings, who provide upper limb rehabilitation to adults following stroke and acquired brain impairment, as well as university lecturers. The workshop focuses on upper limb rehabilitation.

Pre-reading and homework will be provided to the organising group for distribution to participants

This workshop focuses on helping therapists to minimise upper limb impairments post-stroke through the delivery of upper limb CIMT programs to eligible stroke survivors, and strategies to increase the delivery of this evidence based intervention in routine practice.

Course notes and content will be based on published research from both the CIMT and implementation science literature.

General Information

This face to face workshop provides an introduction to constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) as an intervention for arm recovery after stroke and acquired brain injury and processes to support the implementation of CIMT into practice. Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is recommended in Australian (and other) stroke guidelines as an evidence-based therapy for arm recovery. Yet national audits show that only 12% of eligible Australian stroke survivors receive CIMT. Barriers to CIMT delivery include limited knowledge, skills, confidence, personnel and equipment. This workshop will enable professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in delivering a CIMT program and develop implementation strategies to support them to apply this knowledge to their practice.

The workshop will describe what should be included in a CIMT program [beyond a mitt], how to structure and progress training during a CIMT program, how to measure participant change and overcome common barriers to delivering CIMT, particularly in public health settings. Video examples will be used to illustrate CIMT program components and opportunities provided to practice skills in assessment and delivery of components of a CIMT program with stroke survivor volunteers.

During the workshop, research will be presented and practical examples of evidence based implement strategies to support professionals and teams to run and sustain CIMT programs in routine practice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:


people that are eligible for CIMT

Name and describe

the key components of CIMT which include shaping, functional task practice, mitt wearing and a transfer package


the resources needed to deliver CIMT with fidelity including staff, space and equipment


outcome measures that are commonly used before and after a CIMT program

Plan and conduct

an observational analysis and CIMT session (including shaping tasks, administration of the transfer package, coaching and feedback) with a person who has had a stroke


online educational resources that can be used to prepare for delivery of CIMT programs


the pros and cons of different models of CIMT delivery including 1:1, group and online/virtual


Dr Lauren Christie
Dr Lauren Christie
PhD BAppSc (OT) Occupational Therapist & Associate Member, The StrokeEd Collaboration. Dr Lauren Christie is the Senior Implementation Science Research Fellow- Allied Health at St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney where she leads the Allied Health Research Unit and a Clinical Fellow of Australian Catholic University. Lauren has over 15 years clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her PhD program of research focused on the implementation of constraint induced movement therapy programs into routine practice to support upper limb recovery after stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her program of research focuses on the implementation of evidence based interventions across the continuum of stroke and acquired brain injury recovery.
Dr Annie McCluskey
Dr Annie McCluskey
PhD MA DipCOT, Occupational therapist and Director, The StrokeEd Collaboration. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sydney School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Reem Rendell
Reem Rendell
Reem Rendell: PhD candidate, BAppSc (Physiotherapy).
A physiotherapy clinician, researcher and educator. She has experience working in rehabilitation settings, particularly with stroke and brain injury survivors. Reem is an associate lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include integrating off the shelf and gaming technology into rehabilitation settings and translating CIMT into clinical practice. She is currently a PhD candidate, investigating technology to enhance mobility and fitness training in neurological rehabilitation.
Dr Nicola Fearn
Dr Nicola Fearn
Dr Nicola Fearn: PhD, BOT.
An occupational therapist and accredited lymphoedema therapist and early career researcher. Dr Fearn currently works as the Senior Research Officer with the Allied Health Research Unit at St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Her current research is focused on implementation and patient preferences research in the areas of cancer survivorship care, cellulitis and rehabilitation following neurological conditions including stroke and traumatic brain injury. She has experience clinically in rehabilitation, cancer survivorship, burns, hand therapy and orthopaedic trauma. Her research expertise include leading and conducting clinical trials, testing measurement properties of outcome measures and implementation research.

Workshop Timetable

Time Day 1
8.00 Introduction to workshop
8.15 What is CIMT? Evidence base including recent acute and telehealth updates.

Experiences of CIMT participants.

9.10 Deciding if a person is suitable for a CIMT program: Eligibility criteria.
9.30 Core component 1: Intensive graded practice using the affected upper limb part A Shaping

Ways to shape an activity.

Interactive exercise: Task analysis and setting a shaping task.

10.00 Practical – Shaping exercise – video

The importance of accurately recording practice.

10.30 Morning Tea
10.45 Core component 1 Intensive graded practice using the affected upper limb part B Functional tasks – upgrading
11.00 Core Component 2: Mitt Wear
11.20 Core component 3: Transfer package: Considerations for home practice: use of adaptive equipment
11.45 Core component 3: Transfer package: Daily administration of MAL – video
12.30 Lunch
1.15 Prepare for practical session in small groups- review handover, gather up items you may need
1.30 Practical: Assessment of CIMT participant with goal setting, task analysis
2.00 Practical: Set up and run one shaping exercise
3.00 Practical: Establish home exercise program and mitt wear regime for overnight
3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.45 Debrief in small groups and Q and A
Time Day 2
8.00 Interactive quiz – key concepts from day 1
8.30 Models of CIMT delivery
9.30 Implementation activity: Designing a model of CIMT delivery for your service: Consideration of screening for eligibility, hours of therapy, hours of mitt wear, program duration, program frequency.
10.45 Morning Tea
11.15 Measuring change during a CIMT program: Upper limb assessment measures, COPM and use of video feedback
11.45 Implementation of CIMT programs in other public health services – Findings from the Australian Constraint Therapy Implementation study of the ARM (ACTIveARM) project and Q and A.
12.45 Lunch
1.30 Practical: Administration of the transfer package
2.30 Practical: Development of additional shaping exercises
Development of functional task practice
3.30 Afternoon Tea including celebration of stroke survivor’s practice
3.45 Implementation activity: Designing a model of CIMT delivery for your service: Staffing mix, plans for education to patients and relatives, plans for long term sustainability e.g. supporting rotational staff.
4.20 Reflections on the day, workshop evaluation