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#OTalk – 31st March 2015 – Focus on Models: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability

Focus on Models: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability

Date:  31/03/2015   Host: @amkane87, @vdtmocaot & @KhatriRoshni

Blog Post  –  Transcript


Although it’s hard to pick favourites, the Focus on Models series is one I’ve enjoyed and have been looking forward to developing further. I’m very excited to announce that the next model we’ll be exploring is the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability.

I discovered this model during one of the SOTLS conferences, and liked it so much I paid to go on the training by Wendy Sherwood. My appetite wasn’t satiated, so I arranged to do my final placement at the Welland Centre. It was a fantastic experience, one which still influences my practice. Although the model can take some time to get your head around, it’s well worth the effort, and there’s a wealth of information on the VdT MoCA Foundation website.  

So without further ado, here’s Alison (@amkane87), Sarah (@vdtmocaot) and Roshni’s (@KhatriRoshni) pre-chat blog post!

-Clarissa (@geekyOT)

VdT MoCA #OTalk Blog

The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) is a developmental and recovery based model of occupational therapy practice that was developed in the late 1960’s in South Africa.  It is based on the theories of motivation, action and normal development.  Central to creative ability theory is the belief that human beings progress through developmental levels of behaviour and skill development and are motivated to develop these in a sequential manner.  As Occupational Therapists, we know that in order to effectively treat someone, we need to understand their current level of occupational functioning. The model identifies that motivation governs all action, therefore in order to understand somebody’s developmental level of motivation, their actions need to be observed.  The model describes specific occupational performance (actions) and corresponding levels of motivation to enable a therapist to identify an individual’s current level of functioning – their level of creative ability – and provides accompanying specific treatment principles to elicit growth to the next level of creative ability.  Creative ability develops within four specific occupational performance areas which are social ability, personal management, use of free time and work ability.

The model is extensively used by South African OT’s and was introduced to the UK in 2004. Since then, Wendy Sherwood (OT and Educator) has been championing the model in order for it to have gained popularity, particularly in mental health and forensic services.  Since 2012 Wendy has led the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation UK (VdTMoCAF) to support the community of OT practitioners interested in the use and evidence base of the model.  One initiative of the VdTMoCA Foundation is the development of Centres of Excellence in the use of  the model who share their practice with others.  You can find out more about the model and the work of the foundation at

The Berrywood and Welland Adult Acute Mental Health Services at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  are  the first centre of excellence in the model and have regular open days, welcoming OT staff who are interested in learning more about the model. The Tweet chat hosts are Alison Kane who is currently working as an Occupational Therapist at the Berrywood Hospital, Sarah Wilson who is the OT manager over these services and a VdTMoCAF director, and Roshni Khatri who is a lecturer at the University of Northampton and has used the VdTMoCA in Neuro and Paediatric areas of practice.

Common terms;

Creative Ability; one’s ability to change in response to life’s demands- the creation of oneself (Sherwood, MCAIG 2010).

Creative capacity; total creative potential in an individual.

Useful links;

VdTMoCAF website link

VdT MoCA Open Resource

Post-Chat Update

Thank you to everyone who joined in the chat.

The Numbers

888,751 Impressions
613 Tweets
46 Participants

Sarah has compiled a Storify about the chat which you can read at this link. You can also find the transcript at Healthcare Hashtags, or download the PDF.

Remember to document your participation in your CPD Portfolio. Check out our ‘OTalk and Your CPD‘ page for more info.

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