In Global Contexts
The VdT Model of Creative Ability originates from South Africa. It is taught on most of the occupational therapy undergraduate programmes but has gained the most interest in the more northern regions of South Africa, which is where Vona du Toit held lecturing and clinical posts e.g. Pretoria.
The model has been in use in South Africa across a broad range of adult, child, physical, learning disabilities and mental health services over the past 40 years. The model was introduced into mental health practice in 2003 (South Essex and West London), and into OT undergraduate education in 2004 at London South Bank University. There are currently four universities known to teach the model in the UK.
The VdTMoCA was selected to be the model of choice for the first forensic services in Japan, following a six month visit to the UK by a select group of occupational therapists from Japan. The model has been in use in Japan since approximately 2006, and has been adopted in acute and long-term mental health services; forensic and dementia services.
The UK, South Africa and Japan are the countries with the greatest degree of activity and collaboration on the model, hence their representation by three circles in the VdTMoCAF (UK) logo. However, the model is also known to be taught in OT education in Mauritius and Singapore and applied in several other countries including Turkey, Namibia, America and Australia. There is a growing international community of VdTMoCA practitioners, which is celebrated every two years at the ICAN International VdTMoCA conferences in the UK.
This section of our website continues to celebrate the cross-cultural relevance and utility of the VdTMoCA by informing you of the international interest in the model, offering you opportunities for international networking, communication and collaboration.
To explore what is happening in various parts of the world, click on a flag below.