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. 


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Occupational Therapy Department

Occupational therapy looks at supporting a young person to reach their highest level of independence in their daily occupations.

Occupations are the daily activities that a child engages with in the areas of self-care e.g. getting dressed and grooming, productivity e.g. play and school work and leisure e.g. sports, bike riding and hobbies. In adolescence,  occupations include money management, organisation in school, pursuit of hobbies, accessing public transport, planning and scheduling, cooking, shopping and independent living skills.


Taking part in activities that have meaning for the young person leads to an increase in their self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and an improved quality of life.
The Occupational Therapist works as part of the multidisciplinary team. If the young person is referred to Occupational Therapy they are waitlisted for an assessment.


Assessment may take the form of classroom/play observation, talking with the child/teenager, their parents and or school staff and through the use of questionnaires and/or standardised assessments. Some children and teenagers may need more than one assessment to provide an accurate picture of their abilities. This is particularly relevant to the older child and adolescent when more than one session is required to establish a trusting and working relationship. This will in turn help the young person and their family work together with the therapist.

The goals that are set by the young person and their families form the basis of the intervention that is provided.


Lynn Jenkinson

Joint Head of Occupational
Therapy Department


Nodlaig Olden

Joint Head of
Occupational Therapy