Although this site has been created by a
single author, Wendy Sherwood, this could not have been possible
without the contribution of others. The intention is that
it continues to develop in collaboration with interested
parties and those working through partnerships.
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About this site
This site provides information on the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdT MoCA) as described by de Witt (2005) and is the home of the VdT Model of Creative Ability Interest Group (MCAIG).
Since 2004, the VdT MoCA has gained a considerable amount of interest and favour amongst occupational therapists in Great Britain, particularly in the field of mental health and learning disabilities.
MCAIG was founded in 2006 by Wendy Sherwood MSc, DipCOT: an occupational therapist and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. The concept of MCAIG arose out of realising that information on the model and how to implement it, is limited.
Wendy completed an MSc study on South African OTs' undertaking of the assessment. During the study, it became apparent that therapists had developed the use of the model, but this knowledge had not been shared widely with the occupational therapy profession.
On receipt of the Agnes Strorar Travel Bursary, Wendy visited OTs using the VdT MoCA in South Africa and on her return, decided to create the MCAIG website as a tool for sharing knowledge and experience of using the model and for bringing together a community of practice (see below).
Communities of practice
Communities of practice are groups of people that have knowledge and skills in an activity (Wenger et al 2002). The centre of expertise in the VdT Model of Creative Ability is South Africa and the occupational therapy educators and clinicians therein. Those outside a community of practice have a significantly limited capacity to participate, learn and develop in the activity of interest - in this instance the VdT MoCA. Therefore, this site seeks to narrow the gap between those with expertise and newcomers to the model.
The model is gaining increasing favour in Great Britain, has been implemented in Japan and considered for occupational therapy practice in other countries. MCAIG aims to bring together these communities of practice for the benefit of the occupational therapy profession and clients.
Aims of MCAIG:
- To bring together isolated or groups of occupational
therapy clinicians and educators, occupational therapy
assistants and technicians, managers and other interested
parties into a community of practice (a network) for the
purpose of sharing knowledge, skills and experience related
to the VdT Model of Creative Ability
- To disseminate information relating to the Model
of Creative Ability in order to widen access to information
for the occupational therapy profession globally
- To share current and developing methods of undergraduate
occupational therapy education on the model
- To stimulate critical evaluation of the model
- To develop continuing professional development opportunities
in the form of seminars, Away Days and study days
- To support the development of research ideas, implementation
- To support international collaboration and relationships
(particularly between South Africa and Great Britain)
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