Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service


Parents & Guardians


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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Locum Consultant Child Psychiatrist

(Fixed-Term, Full-Time from mid-January 2017 – 30th April 2017)


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the post of Locum Consultant Child Psychiatrist with St John of God Community Mental Health Services, Lucena CAMHS, from mid January 2017 – 30th April 2017.


The following professional qualifications and experience apply to this appointment:


1. Full registration in the General Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland or entitlement to be so registered.


2. Must be on the Specialist Register for Psychiatry or entitled to be on it within a six month period.


3. The possession of the MRCPsych or a qualification equivalent to one of these and (i) inclusion of the divisions of Psychiatry of the Register of Medical specialists maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland, or (ii) seven year’s satisfactory post-graduate training and experience in the medical profession including five years in psychiatry of which three years were in Child Psychiatry.


Please send your CV to HR Department, St John of God Community Mental Health Services, Elvira Gate, Burton Hall, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18 or by emailing


Informal inquiries in relation to the above post may be made to Dr Keith Holmes, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tel: 01-4923596


Department of Health and Children regulations apply to this post.
Closing Date: 2nd December 2016