Continuing Professional Development and Resources
Understanding the theoretical framework of the VdTMoCA, the levels of creative ability and how to apply the model in practice takes a commitment to continuing learning and professional development.
On this page you will find a broad range of initiatives available that you can engage in –
As a member of the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK), you are part of a close, friendly and supportive community of practice
As a member you will:
- Have discounted rates for VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) Study days and publications at conferences
- Be supported to write for publication
- Have access to a database of published and unpublished resources
- Have the opportunity to join a network in your area of practice or interest
- Have access to the VdTMoCAF (UK) community as a potential sample for research
- Be on the Foundation’s e-mail and twitter list to be notified of news and up-coming events
- Access to all editions of 'Participation' - the essential publication on the use of the model in the UK and abroad
- Have full access to the Members’ forum
The forum is a place for discussion and sharing of information - SEE OUR FORUM MAP OF RESOURCES FORUM MAP. There is already a large amount of information in the forum on topics such as:
…plus a ‘Filing cabinet’ of resources on the model such as:
All this for just 28p a week! Sign up as a member now
‘Participation’ – the essential up-date for practitioners and researchers
Participation is a publication by the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) for members of the Foundation
Participation is an essential publication for keeping 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.
Participation 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 VdTMoCA 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 the Foundation for just 28p a week - you can't buy a bag of crisps for that! (£15.00 a year)
The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice. ISBN 978-1-78280-550-2
This is the first book to be published on the use of the model in the UK context.
Opening chapters explain fundamental concepts in the model in relation to UK practice and how to implement the model whilst considering theories of change. How the model was implemented into the Centre of Excellence in the model in Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is illustrated, supported by practical resources for you to use. Case examples illustrate how the OT process is guided by the VdTMoCA in adult acute inpatient mental health services, followed by a dedicated chapter on treatment planning and evaluation.
Although this book is written based on acute mental health practice, the content of this book has relevance and applicability in many other fields - A must have resource for every VdTMoCA occupational therapist and support worker.
Full of practical resources for you to photocopy and use in your own practice. A4, printed in full colour throughout and bound to allow for photocopying.
See a preview of chapters here VdTMoCA A practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice preview and of a treatment template here VdTMoCA treatment template
Visit our SHOP PAGE to purchase your copy today.
You can also purchase the book with cash/cheque at any of the Foundation Open Days or ICAN training events and conferences, saving on P&P
Feedback for future editions
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) is actively seeking constructive feedback on the book to inform future editions. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
"I love this book, it is a must for all OTs. This book is a must for all universities; it could make student learning so meaningful. Chapter 4 case examples Excellent +++", (Donna Wood).
We would love you to write a short review of the book, please send a review of no more than 200 words plus a rating out of 5 stars to email@example.com Thank you.
The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: A practical guide to occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities.
This is the first book dedicated to the application of the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) to occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities.
Having set out the theoretical parameters of the Model and the context for occupational therapy in the field of learning disabilities, the authors share their experiences of VdTMoCA informed occupational therapy through reflections, practice-based case examples, and tips on how to make a start with learning, embedding and implementing the Model.
As indicated by its title, this book aims to provide occupational therapists and their support workers with a practical guide to applying the VdTMoCA in practice, providing a range of resources to copy and use. Accompanied by key literature on the Model, this book will also be a valuable learning resource for occupational therapy students and educators.
Visit our SHOP PAGE to purchase your copy today.
You can also purchase the book with cash/cheque at any of the Foundation Open Days or ICAN training events and conferences, saving on P&P
Patient Volition and Action in Occupational Therapy
'Patient Volition and Action in Occupational Therapy' contains Vona du Toit's original papers on the theory of creative ability plus a contemporary reflective case example of how the levels can relate to recovery, authored by a person with quadriplegia. An essential text.
Available to purchase from the VdT MoCAF (UK) for £16.00 plus P&P from our SHOP PAGE.
New edition of the de Witt chapter on the model
The Crouch & Alers text Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health, 5th Edition, is the contemporary resource on the model. The additional resource which explains the theory of creative ability in detail, is Patient Volition and Action which can be purchased from our home page.
The Foundation is interested in your views of the new chapter on the model in Crouch & Alers, 5th edition. If you would like to contribute a short review of the chapter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Collection of VdTMoCA resources
The VdTMoCAF (UK) holds the national collection of published and unpublished literature, presentations, research and resources. Many of these are available to Foundation members. Download the list of resources vdtmocaf-list-of-resources-august-2017
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
Freely accessible resources:
Introductions to the model
Oxford Brookes OT Society reflection and introduction slides. click here
Sherwood W (2011) Introduction to the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability. TOG journal. Introduction to VdTMoCA TOG journal
Sherwood W (2015) Workshop delivered at the Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference 2015, Plymouth University. 2015 Conference slides and notes pages
Van Heerden C (2008) Vocational Rehabilitation in the UK. In: McKay EA, Craik C, Lim KH and Richards G (Eds) (2008) Advancing Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Practice. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Walters JH, Sherwood W, Mason H (2014) Creative activities IN W Bryant, J Fieldhouse (2014) Creek’s occupational therapy and mental health. 5th edition. Oxford: Churchill Livingstone
Wilson S, White B (2012) Understanding the needs of service users. OT News, April, p24-25 click here
Contemporary literature on the model (see also the list of resources above)
De Witt P (2014) Creative Ability: a model for individual and group occupational therapy for clients with psychosocial dysfunction IN R Crouch, V Alers (2014) Occupational therapy in psychiatry and mental health. Wiley Publishers.
See also the 2005 edition of the Crouch & Alers text for the de Witt chapter. Other chapters in this text also refer to and illustrate the model applied in practice.
Sherwood W, White B, Wilson S (2015) (Eds) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide to acute mental health occupational therapy practice'. London: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
Sherwood W (2017) (Ed.) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide to occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities. Northampton: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
Adams F (2016) Development of descriptors for domains and items for collective participation in occupations. PhD thesis, University of the Witswatersrand. click here
Adams F, Casteleijn D (2014) New insights in collective participation: A South African perspective. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy,44(1), 81-87. click here
Brooke C (2015) Selected psychometric properties of the activity participation outcome measure to describe trends in a forensic population of mental health care users. In partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. click here
Campbell-Breen T (2004) Motivation in mental health: a hermeneutic qualitative exploration of client and occupational therapist narratives. PhD. University of East Anglia. click here
Carpenter C (2016) What are Occupational Therapists’ experiences of utilising the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Creative Participation Assessment in forensic mental health settings in the UK? Unpublished Masters dissertation, Oxford Brookes University.
Casteleijn D (2010) Development of an outcome measure for occupational therapists in mental healthcare settings. PhD thesis, University of Pretoria.
Casteleijn D (2014) Using measurement principles to confirm the levels of creative ability as described in the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy Casteleijn 2014 journal article
Casteleijn D (2011) Doctoral Thesis on "Development of an outcome measure for occupational therapists in mental health care settings" grounded in the theoretical framework that guides intervention programmes, namely Vona du Toit’s Model of Creative Ability click here
Chinembiri O (2011) A survey on the Use of the Model of Creative Ability in the United Kingdom. Unpublished Masters dissertation. University of East Anglia.
Grobler A (2009) Creativity and complexity. A study into the practices, disciplines and mantras that support creativity in unpredictable and uncertain circumstances. Thesis in part fulfilment of a Masters in Business Administration, University of Cape Town. click here
Jansen MM (2008) Tailoring the model of creative ability to patients with diabetic foot problems Jessica Tomlinson Hill. Occupational Therapy and Coaching, An investigation into the application of coaching as a therapeutic tool in occupational therapy and occupational therapy in the development of coaching
Rice CM (2011) The development of an assessment protocol for activity participation in those suffering from mental illness The development of an assessment protocol for activity participation in those suffering from mental illness
Samsonraj R, Loughran MFE, Secker J. Evaluating outcomes of therapies offered by occupational therapists in adult mental health Samsonraj, Loughran & Secker. Evaluating outcomes of therapies offered by occupational therapists in adult mental health
Sherwood W (2005) A study to explore the methods and processes of the model of creative ability assessment applied by occupational therapists in in-patient mental health and forensic settings in South Africa. Unpublished Masters dissertation, University of Greenwich.
Sherwood W (2016) An investigation into the theoretical construction of effort and maximum effort as a contribution to the Theory of Creative Ability. PhD Thesis. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. click here
Tomlinson Hill J. Occupational Therapy and Coaching, An investigation into the application of coaching as a therapeutic tool in occupational therapy and occupational therapy in the development of coaching Jessica Tomlinson Hill. Occupational Therapy and Coaching, An investigation into the application of coaching as a therapeutic tool in occupational therapy and occupational therapy in the development of coaching
Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) (2013, 2016) Perspectives of the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a survey of occupational therapists and occupational therapy support workers. Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) (2015) What are occupational therapists’ Research priorities for the VdT Model of Creative Ability in the UK? Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
Vona du Toit Memorial Lectures (see also the list of resources above)
Casteleijn D (2013) The 22nd Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture: Stepping Stones from Input to Outcomes: An Occupational Perspective. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 43(1) The 22nd Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture
Uys CJE (2009) The 21st Voda du Toit Memorial Lecture. Wisdom from within: Finding modern truths in traditional proverbs. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3), 3-10 Uys, C.J.E. (2009). The 21st Voda du Toit Memorial Lecture. Wisdom from within: Finding modern truths in traditional proverbs. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3), 3-10
Accessible to BAOT members - OT News articles
Shaw T (2017) Horses for courses. OT News, August, pp. 38-40.
Allen R, Bainbridge B (2017) Developing confidence and clinical reasoning. OT News, April, 29-31.
Norman S (2017) Person-centred care. OT News, Feb, p45.
Wilson R (2016) And then there was OT. OT News, June, p22-23.
Wilson S (2015) CQC inspection: a positive opportunity to showcase OT. October, p.23.
Scott I, Samsonraj R (2015) Adding creativity to people's lives. OT News, pp.24-25.
Birchall S (2015) Cycling towards recovery. January, p.33.
Wilson S, White B (2012) Understanding the needs of service users. April, pp.24-25.
Wilson S, White B (2011) The journey to service redesign. August, pp.36-37.
Fuller K, Sherwood W (2011) Supporting Sensory Stimulation in Adults. May, pp.46-47.
Sherwood W (2010) An electric event: report on the first national Model of Creative Ability Occupational Therapy Conference. February, pp.38-39.
Harvey H, Fuller K (2009) Changing practice through MoCA. Dec, p.41.
Sherwood W (2009) An emerging community of practitioners. May, pp.26-27.
National and International VdT Model of Creative Ability conferences
Conferences on the model have been held in London and South Africa since 2009.
To get an idea of the range of topics presented and discussed at past UK conferences, see the conference programmes below (click on conference year of interest). Copies of the keynote speeches and some of the presentations and posters are available to members.
For information on the Creative Ability Symposium in South Africa (occurs every 2 years), visit the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation
Want to attend the Symposium in South Africa in 2017? Why not apply for the Sherwood Travel Grant? Closing date - 28 April 2017.
Formal training in the VdTMoCA in the UK
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) does not currently provide formal training in the VdTMoCA, but supports interested parties in learning about the model and developing knowledge and skills for application of the model to practice through its book publications, the Participation publication (for members), resources uploaded into the Members' forum, Centres of Excellence Open Days, the Forensic Special Interest Group, and sponsorship of the ICAN International Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability conference in the UK.
Providers of formal training in the VdTMoCA can advertise training on the VdTMoCAF (UK) website for a fee. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The VdTMoCA is a logical but sophisticated model, requiring formal training and practice experience in order to become competent in its use.
Undergraduate education on the model in the UK is provided as part of BSc Occupational Therapy programmes at several universities.
Training courses in the UK are provided by the International Creative Ability Network (ICAN) which was set up in response to clinician requests for training. Reflecting the developmental nature of professional development from novice to advanced practitioner, training is provided for different levels of professional development.
The full range of training opportunities are set out in the freely downloadable pdf ICAN training and support in practice 2017-2018. For those considering embedding the model into services for the first time, consider the packages of training offered - see Planning Ahead in ICAN training and support in practice 2017-2018.
Level 1: The VdT Model of Creative Ability. One day on-line learning, plus face-to-face training 9 & 10 January 2018, London.
Full information download
Hamilton House, London WC1H 9BD. Cost £320 (no VAT to add) Suitable for occupational therapists and OT support workers supervised by an OT.
This in-depth course is a blend of on-line learning and face-to-face training including practical, experiential learning, plus post training support in practice. The course provides teaching on key concepts of the VdTMoCA that explain motivation and occupational performance; how a person's level of ability is assessed, and how intervention is selected, graded and facilitated for therapeutic benefit. This event provides the knowledge necessary to be able to use the VdTMoCA in practice, with permission to use and reproduce the assessment recording tool developed by the leading expert in the model.
Lead OTs may commission on-site training. All enquiries should be directed to Wendy Sherwood, 07870 646509 email@example.com
"I think all staff on the wards should have a knowledge of the levels of creative ability. Thank you". R. Matthews. Healthcare Assistant.
"This has been a very valuable training programme that has given me a means of assessing and treating my patients in a more beneficial way". N. Faulkner, OT.
Level 1 - VdTMoCA refresher
If you have been trained in the VdTMoCA but not used the model for a long while, regain confidence in your knowledge by undertaking a one day refresher course. Consisting of 8 modules ranging from 7–20 minutes, you can do these modules via a URL link whenever you want within a given timeframe, and revisit them as often as you want. This means that you can work at your own pace, but do the whole refresher in one day if you wish. The approximate time for completion of modules and learning tasks is 6 hours.
The modules have been valued for clarity of teaching and explanation of the model, engaging and interesting, and easy to access. You are provided with a workbook containing key information and the opportunity to undertake three short learning tasks. The answers to learning tasks are viewable on-line once you have submitted your learning tasks. For full information see ICAN training and support in practice 2017-2018. To book this course, use this booking form ICAN COURSE BOOKING FORM All enquiries should be directed to Wendy Sherwood, 07870 646509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Level 2 - Applying the VdTMoCA to occupational therapy for people with a personality disorder, 20 & 21 September 2018
Full information download ICAN VDTMOCA and PD TRAINING 2018
This two day course develops knowledge and skills for Practical Application of the model. Level 1 ICAN training or equivalent must have been completed before undertaking this Level 2 course.
09.30 - 16.30, Central London, near near Euston, King's Cross stations. Cost £290 (no VAT to add)
To book this course, use this booking form ICAN COURSE BOOKING FORM All enquiries should be directed to Wendy Sherwood, 07870 646509 email@example.com. Feedback:
"Really good training, enjoyed it and will take lots from it. Thank you. Very knowledgeable facilitators; felt I could ask questions" J Barnhouse, OT, acute mental health service.
"I really enjoyed the two days and found it really helpful and inspiring. This week's training will have a positive impact on my practice, improve my understanding of my clients and improve the quality of my service". R Wilson, OT, Prison service.
"Excellent progression from theory and setting the scene, right through to final treatment planning". R Allen, OT.
Level 2: Activity Participation Outcome Measure (APOM), 19 September 2018 plus optional follow-up
The APOM is an outcome measure specifically designed for Occupational Therapists in mental health settings covering 8 domains of activity participation, but is also used in other fields. For full information on ICAN APOM training download ICAN APOM TRAINING 2018 All enquiries should be directed to Wendy Sherwood, 07870 646509 firstname.lastname@example.org Lead Occupational Therapists can commission APOM training in the workplace for their team for as little as £65 per person.
Supportive clinical visit
Download ICAN SUPPORTIVE CLINICAL VISITS 2018
Post formal training in the VdT Model of Creative Ability, practitioners and managers need time to implement the model, explore it and develop knowledge and skills for its use. UK practitioners frequently express uncertainty about whether they are ‘doing it right’ or ‘getting it right’ in terms of applying the model. Whether you’re unsure about whether you are levelling correctly from assessments, or understanding the components of creative ability on the assessment form, or grading your sessions or doing OT well or ‘right’ with clients, or any other query – this supportive clinical visit aims to address your queries and enable you to grow in knowledge and skills.
Feedback: “Thank you so much for your feedback. I didn’t expect so much detailed feedback. Thank you so much, this is really useful. The OTs really found your visit inspiring and have already made changes in their practice. You have re-fuelled our enthusiasm!” (H Lycett, Lead Occupational Therapist)
"The visit and written feedback has helped me to begin to formulate a clearer clinical strategy for the O.T service. The visit exceeded my expectations as I wasn't expecting the visit to identify the key issues and make such straightforward suggestions. The 3 best things:
Allowing the team time to reflect upon our practise
Having clear feedback at the time, delivered at an appropriate level to all.
Having written feedback which enables the development of an action plan with clear deliverables to demonstrate OT's effectiveness" (J Probyn, Lead Occupational Therapist).
Download ICAN ANALYTICAL SURVEY 2018
Developed by Dain van der Reyden, the Analytical Survey enables services to identify the needs of its usual client population, and develop service provision to better meet those needs.
"Thank you Wendy for facilitating the analytical survey in our service. Your non-judgmental, supportive approach enabled us to make the most of what could otherwise have been a very overwhelming experience. You are welcome back to us anytime!"
What else can I do?
You can also develop your own initiatives - it is common for OTs learning the model to set up a VdTMoCA study group that meets once a month or every two months.
If you’re a VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) member you can contact us for advice on the model and information on networking connections.
For information on available resources for members and networking contact email@example.com For general enquiries or advice contact firstname.lastname@example.org For support for writing for publication and information on our publication 'Participation', contact email@example.com For membership enquiries contact Alison Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
You could come up with something completely different……use your creative ability and let us know the solutions to learning needs that you develop.
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