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. 




The administration offices for Lucena Clinic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service are based in Saint John of God Community Services, Lucena Clinic, 59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

Director of Lucena Clinic CAMHS 

Mr. Kevin Madigan, Regional Director, Mental Health Division


Administration Manager 

Ms. Sheila Banks.


PA to Mr. Madigan

Geraldine Gavin;  Tel: 01 492 3596  Email: 


The administrative headquarters of St. John of God Community Mental Health Services are based at Elvira Gate.  The  Administration Department supports the provision of effective and efficient services at all Lucena and Cluain Mhuire Clinics.



The Administrative Functions


Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation which came into effect on 25th May, 2018. 

GDPR updates existing data protection law  places a greater accountability on organisations when using your personal information and give you greater control over your personal information.   This notice explains what information about your child and family we process, why we process the information, who we share the information with and what your rights are with respect to personal information.


Read full GDPR policy  

Request for Personal Data Form



Elvira Gate : Peter Davis - 

Lucena Clinic: Carol  Ellis  - 


Human Resources

HR Officer : The HR Officer  is based between Lucena and Cluain Mhuire Services.

Mon-Wed: +353 (1)  217 2100 - Cluain Mhuire Services

Thu – Fri:  +353 (1) 492 3596  - Lucena Clinic, Rathgar. 



The staff library is based on the Rathgar campus. Visit the library website at or email the Librarian Justin Smyth  or phone 01 4999309


Freedom of Information

Under the FOI Act a client is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available. A client at age 18, or parents of a child, can request access to their medical records held by Lucena Clinic Services.
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Complaints procedure

The majority of children/young people, and their families who use health services experience high standards of care and treatment, benefiting from kindness, dedication and professionalism of the staff who look after them. However, there can be instances where standards of practice can be perceived to fall short of a child’s/young person’s and their family’s expectations. It is important that there are simple and effective arrangements to deal with these situations.


Download Complaint Form

Contact Complaints Officer: Sarah Donnelly
Phone: 01-4923596 


Safeguarding Children   

Mary McNamara PSW

Designated Liaison Person

Lucena Clinic, Vevey Road,

Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel; 01 2866866

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Registered Charity

Lucena Clinic Services is a Registered Charity. Number : CHY18284



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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