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. 


Day Hospital

Dunfillan Day Hospital

Adolescents are referred to the Day Hospital by the outpatient Psychiatrists.

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Clinic Locations


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Location: Lucena Clinic, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, (CAMHS) Dun Laoghaire




(Fixed-Term, Full-Time contract commencing immediately, initially for a period of 3 months but may be extended to January 2020.)


This post will be in the areas of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services within community settings based in Lucena Clinic, Dun Laoghaire.  This post is an ideal opportunity if you are interested in entering or enhancing a career in this area of psychiatry and expanding your experience by working in a top class clinical and academic environment.  You will be well supported by multidisciplinary colleagues.  Lucena Clinic is a teaching centre for UCDI and SHOs/Registrars will have the opportunity to teach with successful applicants being expected to participate fully in the active teaching programme and also expected to participate in clinical audit whilst being supported to carry out original research as well as gaining postgraduate examinations and higher degrees.


A degree in medicine is a basic requirement.  All applicants must be currently registered with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).  Candidates must also ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria with regard to immigration status, English language skills and the minimum educational entry criteria for the specialty and level as set out in the specification.  A Garda vetting process will be carried out on successful candidates.


Please send your application to Human Resources Department, St John of God Community Mental Health Services, Lucena Clinic, 59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6 or email


Informal inquiries in relation to the above post may be made to:  Dr. Maria Migone, Clinical Director, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tel: 01-4923596.


Closing Date:   4pm Tuesday, 23rd of April 2019


Applicants may be shortlisted on the information supplied in the Curriculum Vitae.


Saint John of God Community Mental Health Services is an equal opportunities employer.


By applying for this position, you are giving Saint John of God Community Mental Health Services consent to have your personal data stored which will be retained for this competition only.