Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Instructor Training and Updates with Jocelyn Simpson

When and Where

Date 22nd - 23rd Apr, 2017
Time 9am - 5pm (Registration at 8:30am on Saturday)
Address Mountain Brook Club
19 Beechwood Road
United States




Dr Paul Lam, a retired family physician and tai chi master, led a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create this evidence based program. It is easy, enjoyable and safe for people with arthritis to learn. Medical studies have shown the program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as prevent falls for older adults.  For this reason, the Arthritis Foundation around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are giving it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis and fall prevention, it is a great start for beginners to improve health and wellness. 

Who Can Come?

Anyone with or without prior tai chi experience can attend this workshop. Preparation is strongly recommended. 


Prepare by working with the Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD as much as possible. It will enable you to gain the maximum benefits and enjoyment from this workshop.

The book "Teaching Tai Chi Effectively" will be our text for this workshop. Review of this text, and especially the chapters on safety, teaching effectively, Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method and Working with Chronic Conditions is part of your preparation. The Tai Chi for Arthritis handbook is also helpful.

The dvd and text are available at www.taichiproductions.com. Paid participants receive a 20% discount.  A code will be given to you when your booking is confirmed and payment received.

Please arrive to the workshop scent free in consideration for those with perfume allergies. Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes suitable for exercise.

Who will be Certified to Teach the Program?

Participants who have met all requirements on completion of the workshop will be eligible to be certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach this program. Please see the following link for details of the certification process:  http://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/faq-for-becoming-a-board-certified-instructor/. A nominal fee is required.


At this workshop qualified instructors will have an opportunity to update their existing qualifications. There is an administration fee and you will need to complete a written assignment and submit it no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. Be prepared to demonstrate the form associated with the program you are updating.  Reminder: Updates are required every two years.

Registering online

If you are already a certified instructor, you will need to login to the website to register for this workshop.  Use the "Lost Password" link to reset your password if you are having difficulties logging on.

CEU Credits

13 contact hours for CEUs are available for a small additional fee for Physical Therapists (PTs & PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs and OTAs), Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) & American College of Sports Medicine Certified Professionals (ACSM). Every state and certifying organization has different requirements, and these requirements are subject to frequent changes.  TCHI, as with all CE providing organizations, require that each participant check with their certifying organization to verify that they will accept these CEUs.

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that the Tai Chi for Health Institute meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2015-December 2018. Approved Provider #701292.

The Tai Chi for Health Institute is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The course offering is approved for up to 16.5 contact hours applicable to APRN, RN or LPN relicensure. KS State Board of Nursing Provider Number (SP1426-0119).

Meals and Hotel

Please bring a water bottle and snacks for morning and afternoon breaks. Bring your own lunch or plan to visit a nearby restaurant. Nearby hotel is:

Hampton Inn Birmingham/Mountain Brook

2731 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35223

This hotel is now full, and rooms are scarce due to a race being held the same weekend. Book quickly and look for hotels near the Mountain Brook area.

Cancellations are subject to an administration fee/cost of materials supplied prior to April 1, 2017; after this, cancellations will be refunded at 50% of fee paid.

Registration is limited to 20 participants, so please register early to avoid being put on a wait list.


$200  Early Bird Price (postmarked by April 1)

$250  Standard Price (postmarked after April 1)

$125  TCA/TCAFP Updates (Day 2 attendance required, both days recommended)

$40  Additional updates

$30  CEU/CECs

Registration Deadline:  April 10  (Registration is limited to 20 participants, so please register early to avoid being placed on a wait list.)

Payment by check or money order to:

Jocelyn Simpson

PO Box 540

Acworth GA 30101


Mountain Brook Club

19 Beechwood Road

Birmingham, AL 35213


Local Contact

Sarah Brackmann

Mountain Brook Club

Fitness Services Manager



Master Trainer

Jocelyn Simpson




Senior Trainer

Kitty Frey