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



St. Peter's School (01 4999300)is on the Lucena Clinic Campus. 


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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Lucena Clinic Services in collaboration with Selective Mutism Irelandare pleased to host the following training course:

Children Who Can Talk, But Don't

Understanding and Working with Selective Mutism


Presented by


Co-author of ‘The Selective Mutism Resource Manual’ (2001) &

‘The Selective Mutism Resource Manual, 2nd Ed’ (2016)




Maggie Johnson is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in childhood communication disorders and Selective Mutism. With over 30 years’ experience, Maggie works closely with families and schools in providing training and workshops across the UK and overseas.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by a consistent pattern of not speaking in specific social situations, despite speaking in other situations. It is often misunderstood and children may be regarded as “shy”, “stubborn” or “looking for attention”. This training day aims to help professionals working with children and parents gain an understanding of Selective Mutism and how to intervene in order to help children speak freely across all settings.


Venue:          Conference Centre, St John of God Hospitaller Ministries, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin(grounds of St. John of God Hospital)  

Date:              Friday 15th September 2017

Time:              9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. 

Cost:              €50 (Lunch and refreshments included)

Note: Participants will need a copy of ‘The Selective Mutism Resource Manual, 2nd Ed’ (2016) on the day. Should you wish it to be ordered for you, this can be arranged at an additional (reduced) cost of €35. Last day for ordering manuals this way is Tuesday 22nd August 2017.