The VdT Model of Creative Ability in South Africa
Directors of the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) (Sarah Wilson, Beth White, Wendy Sherwood) have been visiting and collaborating on the model with OTs in South Africa, over the past 10 years.
The healthcare system and services are distinctly different to those in the UK. The most striking difference other than culture, is the size of their services and the large numbers of service users within them. This is particularly evident in mental health and learning disabilities services. What has been most interesting for us, is seeing how knowing the levels of creative ability enables therapists to quickly work out an OT programme that attends to the needs of a large number of service users, because it is designed to be level-specific. Hence, despite having service users across a wide range of levels, within the OT programme there are therapy opportunities for all.
The amount of expertise in the model in South Africa, is of course staggering and we continue to learn from them. Seize the Day for the Seize the day document, we hope it will inspire you.
Vona du Toit Memorial lecture 2014
The Vona du Toit Memorial lecture is given at the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa, every two years. To be invited to give the lecture is a great honour and is the equivalent of being invited to provide the Casson Memorial Lecture in the UK.
In 2014, Prof Alfred Ramukumba provided the lecture in which his opening acknowledgement of Vona du Toit includes recognition of the work undertaken on the model in the UK and Japan. Get yourself a coffee and take some time out to view and listen to the lecture.
OT students send message to 2013 conference
"As final year OT students we have come to experience and appreciate the model of creative ability and how it impacts us as OTs both theoretically as well as in clinical practice. Our research has been greatly impacted by this model and has been both exciting and insightful. We would have loved to be at this conference and wish you all the very best. May your experience be thought- provoking and inspiring."