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Publications

New text for 2021!

The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: Practice, theory and philosophy,. Edited by Wendy Sherwood.


The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) (Van der Reyden et al., 2019) is an occupational therapy practice model grounded in existentialism and theories of motivation and human development. The model enables therapists to identify any individual´s level of creative ability and is therefore suitable for use in any health or social care context and with people in wellness. It provides detailed guidance on how to elicit motivation for activity participation and engagement, for maintaining this, and creating the just right challenge aimed at improving an individual´s volition, motivation and engagement in therapy, occupation and everyday life.

These qualities and benefits of the model are illustrated in this text, which is the first to provide detailed information and case examples of the application of the VdTMoCA to address the physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being of individuals in a broad range of contexts. These include stroke rehabilitation, dementia care (multi-sensory stimulation programme), low and high secure forensic services, seclusion, rehabilitation for people with complex needs (mental health), and a case example relating sense of self, sensory processing and volition for a person with a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, there is a chapter on combining sensory integration theory and the theory of creative ability to facilitate growth, and two chapters explore and make the case for understanding and facilitating growth of the spirit component of people, arguing for a change in the conceptualisation of the highest level of creative ability. Bringing the interrelatedness of mind, body, spirit together, a thought-provoking chapter explores the source of human creative ability and the effect pathology, impairments, injury and disorders have on the process of creative ability, with particular reference to schizophrenia, traumatic head injury, learning disabilities, substance abuse and pain.  

Several chapters provide detailed accounts of how individual and teams of occupational therapists approached the task of embedding the VdTMoCA to transform and improve their services, providing resources as Appendices for the reader to utilise. In total, there are seven case examples to illustrate VdTMoCA/informed occupational therapy, including how it can guide other disciplines for working therapeutically with individuals. Cases are also drawn upon in a discussion of some of the core philosophical and theoretical assumptions of the VdTMoCA, bringing their inseparable relationship with practice alive to deepen the reader’s understanding of this valuable occupational therapy practice model.

Publication due January 2021.   

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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

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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.

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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.

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This is an invaluable little book, containing original 1960s and 1970s papers and presentations by Vona du Toit which are frequently referred to in The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: Practice, theory and philosophy (Sherwood, 2021), and the major VdTMoCA text (Van der Reyden et al., 2019) .  

Although there is some 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.

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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.