Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Information for Parents

A child or young person may be referred for the following reasons

  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Eating Problems and Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Autism and Asperger's Syndrome (Diagnosis only)

Info for Parents


A Vision for Change

In 2006 the Government published a report of the expert group on mental health policy. This report is called A Vision for Change. One of the recommendations of this report is that mental health services for children should be provided by multidisciplinary teams. In effect this means that each team is made up of clinicians from different disciplines who all work together to provide a range of therapeutic interventions for each child. Usually a Multidisciplinary Team is made up of the clinicians in the following areas:

1. Consultant Psychiatrist
2. Psychiatrist in training.
3. Nurse
4. Psychologist
5. Social Worker
6. Occupational Therapist
7. Speech and Language Therapist
8. Social Care Worker.

Click on the links to read more information about each discipline in Lucena Clinic.
You can also read the full text of A Vision for Change


Young Children

Information for young children

Growing up can be fun but tricky. Sometimes people need to talk to a grown up to help figure out a problem. It’s good to talk about worrying things so we can better understand our feelings and how we act.



Young Children

Information for Teenagers


Adolescence is an important time of physical, social, emotional and educational development. It can be exciting but confusing. Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference.


History of Lucena Clinic

St. John of God

Lucena was the name of the house and the first hospital which St. John of God opened in 1537 in the city of Granada, Spain. To honour the 5th centenary of the birth of St. John of God in 1495, the Order renamed its Child and Adolescent Mental Health services as Lucena Clinic Services.


The Order wishes to extend the same hospitality shown by John to everyone who came seeking help, healing or shelter at his house on Lucena Street, to every child and family coming to any of the clinics at Rathgar; Tallaght; Dun Laoghaire, Bray and Wickow.


About Us

Lucena Clinics

St. John of God Community Services Limited

Lucena Clinic Services is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service of St. John of God Community Services Limited. Lucena Clinic Services is a registered charity and has been providing a mental health service to children and adolescents and their families for over 50 years.


The Lucena Clinic services are delivered via our 5  clinics in

 Rathgar  - tel :              (01) 492 3596

 Tallaght  - tel :              (01) 452 6333

 Dun Laoghaire -  tel;    (01) 280 9809

 Bray  - tel :                   (01) 286 6886

 Wicklow - tel :              0404 25591


 If you are trying to contact ST. PETER'S SCHOOL  please visit their website. St. Peter's School   or

 ring their DIRECT LINE : 01 4999300 Please do not ring Lucena Clinic as we cannot transfer your call. 


Lucena Clinic

Founded in 1955


Lucena Clinic Rathgar

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The safety, welfare and development of children and young people are key priorities 

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Occupational Therapy Department

Occupations are everyday activities that you do to bring meaning and purpose to your life. Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on occupations that are important to children/adolescents and their families in all areas of their lives: self-care, productivity/education, socializing, rest, play/leisure.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) acknowledge that everyday occupations play a significant part in our mental health and wellbeing. They can maintain structure, meaning and social inclusion. Occupations include the things you need to do, want to do, and are expected to do within daily life. For example, a young person attending CAMHS might need to get
more sleep at night, want to spend more time with friends and be expected to go to school. OTs can work with you individually and/or in groups/workshops. Together we look at how your mental health difficulties are impacting your ability to do everyday occupations that help you feel a sense of accomplishment, worth and satisfaction.

The OT will guide you and your parent/carer to set meaningful goals that support your recovery using an occupation-centered approach. This means that when you come to OT you will have the opportunity to set goals that are important to you in your life and to engage in different occupations.


Occupations that have a purpose and meaning to your life are often used as the therapeutic medium (e.g., baking, painting, table tennis, music, jewellery making, football, reading). This emphasis on ‘doing’ brings an opportunity to create a secure, containing and validating therapeutic space. It also fosters a therapeutic relationship between you, your parent/carer, and your OT. These interventions can promote motivation, empowerment, hope, and participation in daily occupations.

Occupational therapy is not prescriptive, so the therapeutic approach and environment are adapted continuously to meet the needs of the child/adolescent and their family. Occupational Therapists may provide interventions in clinical, school, home, or community settings.


Lynn Jenkinson

Joint Head of Occupational
Therapy Department


Nodlaig Olden

Joint Head of
Occupational Therapy