Publications


Publications

Van der Reyden D, Casteleijn D, Sherwood W, de Witt P (2019) (Eds.) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: Origins, Constructs, Principles and Application in Occupational Therapy. Vona & Marie du Toit Foundation, Pretoria, South Africa

The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) is a practice model, with roots in existentialism and motivation theory. The Model provides theory and principles for assessing and identifying a person’s level of creative ability. It also gives detailed principles for intervention for each level of creative ability, which enables the practitioner to create a just right challenge for the person in order to improve motivation and optimal engagement in therapy and everyday life. 

This Model has effectively been used by occupational therapists for over 40 years in all fields of practice in South Africa. In the UK the Model has had a positive impact in mental health, forensic and intellectual impairment services. 

In this text the VdTMoCA is presented in full for the first time since its origins in the 1960s. It provides essential information for the understanding and application of the Model. Readers are introduced to a graphic representation of the Model and a Glossary of terms. The text is presented in 7 chapters; it covers the origins, core constructs and theoretical assumptions of the Model. This forms foundation knowledge for the reader to gain an understanding of how the Model can be applied to practice. The book provides detail on the manifestation of creative ability, assessment and intervention guidelines at each level of creative ability, supported by case examples. The book includes a chapter which reflects upon the process of learning and embedding the Model in other countries including the UK and Japan. 

This publication is an invaluable, globally relevant resource for occupational therapy practitioners, educators and students, whether novices or experts in the VdTMoCA. It is prepared by experts in the field under the auspices of the Vona & Marié du Toit Foundation of South Africa.

UK Sales enquiries: bethwhite@vdtmocaf-uk.com

South Africa enquiries: Jodie.DeBruyn@up.ac.za


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).


Informed by UK Occupational Therapists working in a range of services for people with learning disabilities/intellectual impairment, this text provides case examples of using the VdTMoCA to inform the Occupational Therapy process.

Contains templates to photocopy.  Available from the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) via Amazon


Sherwood W, White B, Wilson S (2015) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice. Northampton: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).

Informed by UK Occupational Therapists working in adult acute inpatient mental health in Northampton, this text provides case examples of using the VdTMoCA to inform the Occupational Therapy process.

Contains templates to photocopy. Available from the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) via Amazon


This is an invaluable little book, containing original 1960s and 1970s papers and presentations by Vona du Toit .  Vona's original paper on initiative really sets out the philosophical underpinnings of the model, and explains fundamental beliefs about each individual's responsibility for who we become (and recover to be), and the role and responsibilities of the occupational therapist.  As a philosophical paper of the 1960s, the language and style may be a little challenging at first, but this paper on initiative is worth the effort in re-reading and thinking through it.

The subsequent papers set out Vona's thinking about creative ability, progressing to the 1974 publication of the theory of creative ability. 

Although there is a lot of repetition in Vona's papers because many are conference presentations, there is much to learn from the differing presentations, particularly those related to specific client groups.

The book also includes a thought provoking chapter by Pieta Campaan who provides personal insight into recovery through the levels of creative ability, and a WFOT presentation by Dain van der Reyden on the model - including useful diagrams.

This book may be small in size but is huge in terms of theory and guidance for the occupational therapy profession, and I am extremely pleased to be able to bring it to the UK audience.

£10 + £1.50 p&p.  Contact wendy@ican-uk.com


CHAPTERS IN TEXTS:

De Witt, P (2014) Creative ability: a model for individual and group therapy for clients with psychosocial dysfunction, In R Crouch, V Alers (2014) (Eds.) Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Chp. 1. 5th edition. London: Wiley Publishers.

This chapter was, for many years the main literature on the VdTMoCA.  This has now been superseded by Van der Reyden D, Casteleijn D, Sherwood W, de Witt P (2019) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: Origins, Constructs, Principles and Application in Occupational Therapy.  Vona & Marie du Toit Foundation, Pretoria, South Africa.

However, the text in which this chapter is situated refers to the VdTMoCA in other chapters and remains a useful resource.  You might still be able to find this text on the internet: R Crouch, V Alers (2014) (Eds.) Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. 5th edition. London: Wiley Publishers.


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 Livingston.

Creative ability is featured in this useful chapter, including a brief case example.


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.

A useful chapter that illustrates how the VdTMoCA can be used with the Model of Human Occupation.


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.


OTHER RESOURCES

Creating the evidence research priorities 2015 VdTMoCA Foundation UK.pdf, (VdTMoCA Foundation UK, 2015).   Foreword by Jennifer Creek.