5th International VdTMoCA conference/CPD Event, 2017
Doing, being, becoming
Keynote speaker Prof. Margot Graham, South Africa
Critical friend: Dr Katrina Bannigan
18 July 2017, Hamilton House, London
Registration is open View and download the programme
If you are unable to book and pay online, but require an invoice, this can be provided ONLY if an Official Purchase Order is supplied to ICAN. VdTMoCA conference invoice request and registration form
Don't miss out on the Early Bird rate of just £145 for an international conference at a London venue. This rate ends on 28 April.
Standard rate: £175 (from 29 April 2017) Presenters £145 Pre-registration OT students £40
Students - would you like to win a free place at this exceptional conference? Enter an OT student poster on the model and you could win a free place at the conference PLUS free training in the model PLUS an OT core text.
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Student Conference Maker opportunity - if you would like to attend the conference for free in return for helping to facilitate the day as a Conference Maker for the day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a highly popular opportunity - don't miss out!
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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- Have access to a database of published and unpublished resources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. 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.
£32.00 + £3.10 P&P 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
You can also purchase the book with cash/cheque at any of the Foundation Open Days or ICAN training events and conferences, saving £3.10 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 email@example.com
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
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 £19.50 including postage and packing.
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 email@example.com
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-uk-list-of-resources-march-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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
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
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 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
Ramukumba A (2014). The Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture 2014: Economic Occupations - The 'hidden key' to transformation Youtube
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
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.
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-support-and-cpd-events-in-practice-2017. For those considering embedding the model into services for the first time, I recommend that you consider the packages of training offered - see Planning ahead in ican-training-support-and-cpd-events-in-practice-2017.
Level 1: The VdT Model of Creative Ability. One day on-line learning, plus face-to-face training 26 & 27 October 2017
Full information download ican-level-1-vdtmoca-training-2017 Face-to-face training will be on 26 & 27 October 2017. 9.30 - 16.30, Latimer House, 40 Hanson St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6UL (near Euston station; 10 minutes from King's Cross stations. Nearest tube station: Goodge Street)
Cost £320 (no VAT to add) Suitable for occupational therapists and OT support workers supervised by an OT.
This 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.
To book an ICAN course, use the ICAN course booking form ican-course-booking-form 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 care 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-support-and-cpd-events-in-practice-2017. 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 1 - Activities and interviews for assessment of creative ability, TBC in 2017
New training for 2017. Suitable for OTs and OT support workers who are trained in the VdTMoCA.
This training has been inspired by feedback from occupational therapists that they find it difficult to identify activities for assessment purposes, and is informed by observation of occupational therapists' assessments in a mental health service in South Africa in 2016. This training is predominantly activity based - throughout the day participants will do a range of activities that are suitable for assessment purposes. Aimed at increasing confidence in completing the Creative Participation Assessment tool, participants will also watch videos of people doing activities or being interviewed, after which they will be able to complete the tool.
To express an interest in this event, contact email@example.com 07870 646509
Level 2 - Applying the VdTMoCA to occupational therapy for people with a personality disorder, 21 & 22 September 2017
Full information download ICAN VDTMOCA and PD TRAINING 2017
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, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD (near Euston, King's Cross stations) Cost £280 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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), 3 October 2017, plus optional follow-up
For full information on ICAN APOM training download ICAN APOM TRAINING 2017
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.
09.30 - 17.00, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD (near Euston and King's Cross stations), plus optional follow-up day. £110 (no VAT to add)
To book this course, complete the ican-course-booking-form. All enquiries should be directed to Wendy Sherwood, 07870 646509 email@example.com 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 2017
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 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For general enquiries or advice contact email@example.com For support for writing for publication and information on our publication 'Participation', contact firstname.lastname@example.org For membership enquiries contact Alison Phillips at email@example.com
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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