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. 


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Children's mental health programme

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Day Hospital

Dunfillan Day Hospital

Adolescents are referred to the Day Hospital by  Lucena Clinic  Psychiatrists.

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Clinic Locations

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The administration offices for Lucena Clinic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service are based in Saint John of God Community Services

Elvira Gate, Arena Road, Burton Hall Campus, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. 


Director of Lucena Clinic CAMHS 

Mr. Shane Hill, Regional Director, Mental Health Division


Administration Manager 

Ms. Sheila Banks.


PA to Mr. Hill

Geraldine Gavin;  tel 01 297 1033 


 The administrative headquarters of St. John of God Community Mental Health Services are based at Elvira Gate, (see address above).  The  Administration Department supports the provision of effective and efficent services at all Lucena and Cluain Mhuire Clinics. The Administrative Functions are comprised of :



Elvira Gate : Peter Davis - 

Lucena Clinic: Carol  Ellis  - 


Human Resources

HR Officer : The HR Officer  is based between Lucena and Cluain Mhuire Services.


•    Mon-Wed: Tel No: +353 (1)  492 3596 – Lucena Clinic

•    Thu – Fri: +353 (1) 217 2100 – Cluain Mhuire Services.



 Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is an integral part of the support available to service users. The Pastoral Carer is appointed to provide spiritual and religious care to those who wish to avail of this service irrespective of any religious denomination, faith community or none.
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Lucena Clinic’s annual report is included in the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Services

Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2012



The staff library is based on the Rathgar campus. Visit the library website at or email the Librarian or ring 01 4999309


Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
Under the FOI a client is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available. A client at age 18, or parents of a child, can request access to their medical records held by Lucena Clinic Services.
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Complaints procedure

The majority of children/young people, and their families who use health services experience high standards of care and treatment, benefiting from kindness, dedication and professionalism of the staff who look after them. However, there can be instances where standards of practice can be perceived to fall short of a child’s/young person’s and their family’s expectations. It is important that there are simple and effective arrangements to deal with these situations.

The Complaints Officer for Lucena Clinic Services is Kevin Madigan. 



Download Complaints Form

Contact Complaints Officer:  

For general feedback on Lucena Clinic Services please use the form on our home page.



Data Protection

Data Protection is the safeguarding of the privacy rights of individuals in relation to the processing of personal data, in both paper and electronic format. The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 (the “Data Protection Acts”) lay down strict rules about the way in which personal data and sensitive personal data are collected, accessed, used and disclosed. The Data Protection Acts also permit individuals to access their personal data on request, and confer on individuals the right to have their personal data amended if found to be incorrect.  



Request for Personal Data Form


Safeguarding Children Statement.   


Mary McNamara PSW

Designated Liaison Person

Lucena Clinic

Century Court

Upr. Georges Street,

Dun Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

Tel; 01-280 9809

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Registered Charity

Lucena Clinic Services is a Registered Charity. Number : CHY18284