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
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.
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.
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.
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
Lucena Clinic continues to run this programme for children with significant social and emotional problems, but we need your help. The programme is run in groups of 6 and costs us €180 per child. There is no charge to the child.
Can you help a child to take part in this programme?
The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Computer Game Pack and Small Group Program help kids 8 to 12 years of age crack the code of emotions and friendships. Junior Detectives graduate from SAS equipped with the skills to feel happier, calmer and braver while making new friends and keeping them.
SAS features an animated ‘secret agent’ computer game, Helpful Thought Missile action game, Challenger board game,
Secret Message Transmission Device game and many more award-winning resources. The kernel of success of the SAS programme is the coordination between children, parents, teachers which is facilitated by Lucena Clinic staff who tailor the programme to the children's needs over a number of months. The evidence-base, structured curriculum and captivating theme make this program one of the most successful of its kind in the world.
Children referred by their mental health teams with significant combined social and emotional difficulties. These are often associated with autism sprectrum disorders, ADHD and anxiety or behavioural disorders. Parents and teachers also benefit greatly as they learn the tools to manage children's needs.
What parent say:
"Thanks to this programme, my child has been able to make a real friend for the first
time in his life."
"Excellent programme. It taught me how to support my child in controlling her
emotions and making friends."
"This was the best programme that my son has ever been involved in."
What types of children would benefit?
High functioning Autism/Asperger's Syndrome
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Anger Management Difficulties
Other general challenges with friendships, team work, conversations or staying calm.