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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
For young people
Let Someone Know
About Our Kids
Lean on me
Information about Medication
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. Young people have unique needs when they experience mental health problems. Sometimes young people need professional help in how they manage their thoughts, feelings or behaviours so that they can cope better with everyday stress.
"Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome" by Luke Jackson. Written by a 13 year old boy about his personal experiences of living with Asperger's Syndrome.
“Al Capone does my shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko. the story of Moose Flanagan and his family's move to Alcatraz in 1935 including his severely autistic sister Nat.
“Coping with Depression in Young People" Carol Fitzpatrick & John Sharry. Easy to ready, explains symptoms and types of depression, explains treatments available and how parents can help.
“Depression is the Pits, But I’m Getting Better : A Guide for Adolescents” by Jane Garland. APA 1997
“Recovering from Depression : A Workbook for Teens” by ME Copeland. Paul H. Brookes Publishing 2002
“When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens” by Bev Cobain. Free Spirit Publishing 1998
"Go Ask Alice". Anomymous. When a teenager girl is served a drink spiked with LSD, she finds it takes the edge of her loneliness and self-hate. But as she continues to experiment with drugs her life begins to unravel.