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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CPD, awards and grants
Resources for CPD
The VdT MoCAF (UK) holds the national collection of published and unpublished literature, presentations, research and resources.
Have you had something published to add to the collection? Whether it is a local newsletter, a journal article, a contribution to a book or anything else, please let us know. Contact email@example.com
Published material on the VdT MoCA
The key source of information on the model is a chapter by de Witt PA (2005) Creative ability: a model for psychosocial occupational therapy IN R Crouch, A Alers (2005) Occupational Therapy in psychiatry and mental health. London: Whurr Publishers
The Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation also publishes a small book (affectionately known as the “bookie”) which holds Vona du Toit’s original papers and presentations on the theory of creative ability, as it developed in the 1960s and 1970s. The book is entitled ‘Patient Volition and Action in Occupational Therapy’, and credited to Du Toit (2006) – the date of the most recent reprint. This book contains Vona du Toit’s work in progress. The contemporary representation of that work, presented as a model of practice is in the Crouch and Alers text.
The bookie can be purchased from South Africa by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or from the UK by contacting Wendy Sherwood: email@example.com UK Cost: £18.00 including postage and packing to mainland UK. Please contact Wendy regarding rates for postage outside of the UK.
Journals, texts and OT News (not an exhaustive list – list created October 2012):
Buys T, Casteleijn D (2007) Preparing for work practice: Under- and postgraduate student training at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). Work (29), 25-29.
Buys T, van Biljon H (2007) Functional capacity evaluation: an essential component of South African occupational therapy work practice services. Work (29), 31-36
Casteleijn D, Smit C (2002) The psychometric properties of the creative participation assessment. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 32(1), 6-11
Casteleijn D, de Vos H (2007) The Model of Creative Ability in vocational rehabilitation. Work (29), 55-61
Casteleijn D, Graham M (2012) Domains for occupational therapy outcomes in mental health practices. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 42(1), 26-34
de Witt PA (2003) Investigation into the criteria and behaviours used to assess task concept. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 33(1)
Graham MS (2007) The work ability web: A tool for job matching. Work (29), 37-45
Harvey H, Fuller K (2009) Changing practice through MoCA. OT News, Dec, p41
Hosier B, O’Connell J, Tebbutt L (2011) Occupational Therapy Input for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities in Secure Settings IN E Gralton (2011) (Ed) Forensic issues in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Jansen M, Casteleijn D (2009) Applying the Model of Creative Ability to patients with diabetic foot problems. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 39(3), 26-32
Nel L, Westhuyzen, Uys K (2007) Introducing a school-to-work transition model for youth with disabilities in South Africa. Work (29), 13-18
Oliver M, Oosthuizen L, Casteleijn D (2007) Occupational therapy students’ contribution towards enabling potential in a semi-rural community. Work (29), 63-68
Samsonraj RSP, Loughran MFE, SeckerJ (2012) Evaluating outcomes of therapies offered by occupational therapists in adult mental health. Journal of Mental Health, 00(0) pp.1-8 (reference ahead of print at time of inclusion on this list)
Sherwood W (2009) An emerging community of practitioners. OT News, 17(5), 26-27
Sherwood W (2010) An electric event: report on the first national Model of Creative Ability Occupational Therapy Conference. OT News, 18(2), 38-39
Sherwood W (2011) An introduction to the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability. TOG (A Caruna), 8(14) (26 pages). [On-line] Available at: http://www.revistatog.com/num14.htm
Turnbull AJ, de Witt PA, Concha M (2002) Investigation into the assessment of recovery in head-injured patients. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 32(1), 12-18
van der Reyden D (1997) Planning an occupational therapy programme for large numbers of institutionalised clients IN R Crouch and V Alers (eds) Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Johannesburg: Maskew Miller Longman
van der Reyden D (1984) Creative participation - 20 years later. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19(1), 3-12
van der Vyer T, Willemse I (2006) Paediatric Multiple Disability Screen (PMDS): A screening tool for the profoundly disabled individual. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, Nov, 14-18
van Niekerk M (2007) A career exploration programme for learners with special education needs. Work (29), 19-24
Venter E, Zietsman K (2005) Rehabilitation of the mentally ill in long-term institutionalisation IN R Crouch, V Alers (2005) Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health (4th edition). London: Whurr Publishers Limited
Wilson S, White B (2011) The journey to service redesign. OT News, August, p36-37
Wilson S, White B (2012) Understanding the needs of service users. OT News, April, p24-25
Other published and unpublished material, conference posters, conference keynote speeches, conference presentations and work-based presentations are catalogued for MCAIG member access only.
‘Participation’ – the essential up-date for practitioners and researchers
‘Participation’ is a publication by the VdT MoCA Foundation (UK) for members of the VdT Model of Creative Ability Interest Group (MCAIG).
Participation is an essential publication for being up-to-date with developments in the model nationally and internationally. Participation provides you with news of research and new publications on the model, CPD events, awards and grants, the model in practice, interviews with experts to help you understand key aspects of the model, articles on applying the model in varying fields of practice, and more. Articles on the model in practice are as valuable as those published in OT News and contribute to the evidence-base for the model. Examples include:
The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability as Applied to People with Physical Diagnoses.
Interview with Dain van der Reyden - Maximising the Therapeutic Potential of Treatment Groups
Reflections on the Development of the VdT MoCA in Mauritius
A survey on the Use of the Model of Creative Ability for Occupational Therapy in the UK
Sensory focused activities for all levels: A creative challenge
To gain access to this essential publication as well as many other CPD opportunities, join MCAIG for just 23p a week (£12.00 a year) – see membership
To view a sample newsletter, click on the front cover below.
Undergraduate education on the model in the UK is provided as part of BSc Occupational Therapy programmes at several universities.
Training courses are only currently provided by the International Creative Ability Network (ICAN), set up in response to clinician requests for training.
Click on the ICAN image
for further information
ICAN is owned by Wendy Sherwood, Chair of the VdT MoCA Foundation (UK). A conflict of interest is acknowledged. The VdT MoCA Foundation (UK) seeks other training providers and promotes any CPD activities of quality. If you are a training provider or wish to become a provider, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National and International VdT Model of Creative Ability conferences
Conferences on the model have been held in London and South Africa since 2009. The VdT MoCA Foundation does not as yet have the financial strength to deliver conferences in the UK, but is working towards being able to do so in the future. To date UK conferences have been delivered by the International Creative Ability Network, with sponsorship for the 2009 conference from South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation University Trust.
News of forthcoming conferences is posted on the homepage of this site.
To get an idea of the range of topics presented and discussed at past conferences, see below. Copies of the keynote speeches, some of the presentations and posters are available to MCAIG members.
The National Model of Creative
Ability conference, 2009
Click here to view the 2009 programme
The International Model of Creative
Ability conference, 2010
Click here to view the 2010 programme
Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: Conference, 2011
Click here to view the 2011 programme
Awards and grants
In 2007, Wendy Sherwood set up the MCAIG awards and grants for MCAIG members, and up until 2012 has sponsored those awards. The VdT MoCA Foundation (UK) manages these awards which are only available to MCAIG members. The Awards and Grants are available annually.
We hope that you will make good use of this opportunity to recognise the work of your colleagues and to gain support in addressing your own professional development needs.
The closing date for applications for awards and grants is the last Friday in April annually.
VdT MoCAF (UK) Award for Occupational Therapy Support Workers
The purpose of this award is to provide a financial award to occupational therapy support workers that have been nominated by qualified and unqualified colleagues to receive recognition for making a significant contribution to developing the use of the VdT Model of Creative Ability within their clinical work setting.
Award: £100 for CPD activity
Click here for information and a nomination pack
Sherwood Travel Bursary for Occupational Therapists
The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to qualified occupational therapists for travel to observe the clinical application of the VdT Model of Creative Ability abroad.
Click here for information and a nomination pack
Sherwood Grant for Research
The purpose of this award is to financially support qualified occupational therapists to undertake research into the VdT Model of Creative Ability.
For information about this grant, please contact email@example.com for an informal discussion
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