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 Secret Agent Society (SAS)

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SAS @ Lucena

SAS has recently been researched by staff at Lucena Clinic with exciting results. Designed for children with significant social and emotional challenges, this fun filled therapy programme has been proven to make lasting changes. 


What is SAS?

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Programme helps children age 8 to 12 years to understand emotions and social skills. Experienced Lucena Clinic facilitators run SAS over a three month intensive period with follow up sessions at 3 and 6 months. Children take on the role of ‘Junior Detectives’ in order to figure out how to feel happier, calmer and braver. Through the support given at Lucena Clinic, the children carry out secret missions and challenges at home and at school to help them make friends and keep them. Their parents and teachers receive customised materials, intensive training and support.


What does the child have to do?

The child comes to 9 small group sessions at the Lucena Clinic. At home, they carry out a range of activities such as an animated secret agent themed computer game. Other resources include action games, board games and secret devices. Children get to keep their SAS cards and gadgets so they can use them in the future.


Who benefits from the SAS programme?

Children referred by their mental health teams with significant social and emotional challenges. These challenges may be associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety Disorders. Parents and teachers also benefit as they learn the tools to manage children's needs.


What parents 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 do SAS resources look like?


More about the Secret Agent Society (SAS) Programme


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All Lucena Clinic services are provided free of charge to parents, children and adolescents.

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