Jamal J Glynn is a registered Music Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom (HCPC). He holds a BA in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and a M.A. in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK.
He offers under the North West Regional Health Authority in Trinidad and Tobago Music Therapy to inpatients and outpatients at the St Ann’s Hospital including the Forensic ward, Chaguanas Psychiatric Clinic, Barataria Mental Health and Wellness Centre, Child Guidance Clinic. His work focuses on psychoanalytically informed approaches.
Being particularly passionate about exploring the benefits of using the steelpan in Music Therapy within the mental health setting, he wrote his dissertation on this subject in 2011. He is interested in providing a Caribbean perspective to existing knowledge of music therapy interventions and has conducted research focusing on clients living in Trinidad and Tobago. Results of his research have been published in the Caribbean Medical Journal. (Music Therapy and its relationship to Schizophrenia – A pilot study, Caribbean Medical Journal, volume 75 No. 2 December, 2013, (pg 8-13)
He is also a member of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), The Association of Psychiatrists of Trinidad and Tobago (APTT) as an adjunct and the recently formed Creative Arts Therapies Collective of Trinidad and Tobago (CAT week TT). He is also a member of the Steelband Phase II Pan Groove.
In this pre-lockdown conversation, Jamal talked about his musical development and what brought him to music therapy, and there's lots about steelpan, including a clinical instrumental illustration midway through the interview. We also discussed the development of arts therapies provision in the Caribbean, both from Jamal's own perspective and more generally.