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. 



Pastoral Care

The aim of the Pastoral Care Programme is to promote the ethos of the Order of St. John of God through the philosophy of welcoming, hospitality, inclusion and caring for clients and their families and for staff members within the Lucena Services.

The Pastoral Care Programme aims to support and enhance the spiritual welfare of all in the following ways;

Communication, Networking and Supports:

  • Provide a welcoming environment for all using the Lucena Services
  • Build supportive relationships with clients and their families as appropriate
  • Explore the spiritual dimension of healing and recovery
  • Offer support and comfort in times of sickness, stress, loss and bereavement
  • Promote awareness of the role of Pastoral Care through personal presence of the Pastoral Care Worker, the provision of information leaflets and the involvement of the Pastoral Care Worker in the staff induction programme.


  • Promote the use of the oratory as a sacred space and encourage its use as a place of reflection, calm and peace.
  • Provide a library of spiritual and reflective literature appropriate to all who use the Lucena Services
  • Provide opportunities for reflection through music, art and literature.


Religious Ministry:

  • Celebrate the liturgical seasons of the year of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter and acknowledge main religious feasts from other cultures and traditions.
  • Support Religious Education in St. Peter’s School.
  • Attend term Masses in the school and assist with preparation.
  • Support school staff in the preparation of children for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
  • Provide support for school staff, pupils and their families in times of sickness, loss or bereavement through school based programmes such as Seasons for Growth.


Training and Research:

  • Engage in research in relation to best practice in the delivery of Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Services in a multi-cultural and dominational environment.
  • Elicit the views of clients and staff on how Pastoral Care can be relevant and inclusive of all faiths and beliefs.
  • Liaise with Healthcare Chaplains throughout the St. John of God Services.
  • Network with other external Pastoral Care Services.
  • Establish strong networks with other departments ie Human Resources, Education and Training and Library services.


Contact :

Pastoral Care Office
Lucena Clinic
59 Orwell Road
Dublin 6

Phone : 01 4923596 



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