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. 




COVID-19 Resources


Lucena Clinic Services


All the staff in Lucena are conscious of the difficult time young people and their families are having with the COVID-19 Emergency.  Life as we know it has changed dramatically within the last 4 weeks.  The face-to-face and group supports that we use are not available to you.  We are providing phone and online support.  Research supports the use of these methods when attendance at a service is not possible but we know it is not a replacement for meeting you.


In response to this gap we have launched this new section of our website with resources for young people of different age brackets and parents.  We have checked all the information and regard it as reliable at the time of uploading.  The information will be added to over the course of the Emergency, so please do check back regularly. 


We will get through this together and normal service will resume. We would encourage you to adhere to the government guidelines, to ensure that you and your family keep safe. Until then, we hope that you keep safe and well.


 Keep in touch and use the supports available to you.


The Lucena Clinic Team  


The restrictions in place due to Covid-19 require us all to spend more time at home.

The change in routine, increased time indoors and worry about our own and our family’s health is likely to be making us feel more stressed or strained than usual. Children who have sensory processing difficulties may be even more sensitive to this added stress and may be struggling to regulate their reactions to sensation, attention and emotions during this time.


The first video is on Wellbeing during COVID-19. It will,hopefully, support teenages and younger children. We also have a 4-part parent workshop which explains how our sensory system helps us regulate our attention, behaviour and emotions and the impact of stress on this process. Practical ideas for sensory strategies are also given.


Wellbeing during COVID-19


4-part parent workshop

Part 1 The Senses

Part 2 Sensory Regulation

Part 3
 Stress and Sensory Processing


Part 4 Sensory strategies for regulation