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.
Adolescents are referred to the Day Hospital by Lucena Clinic Psychiatrists.Read More
Joint Head of Speech
Joint Head of Speech
Speech and Language Therapists are qualified professionals who help clients that present with a variety of difficulties in the area of communication. We work closely with the young person and their family to establish a plan to help them communicate as effectively as possible. Speech and Language Therapists at Lucena Clinic are part of a vibrant and dynamic department who work as part of the multi-disciplinary team in each of our locations.
Children and young people with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties can often present with speech, language or communication difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
At Lucena Clinic, a young person is usually referred for assessment by members of the multidisciplinary team if there are concerns about their speech, language or communication skills. Generally, an assessment is carried out over a few sessions. The assessment process includes discussing the parent’s and young person’s concerns with them and asking about how the young person is communicating in everyday situations. Assessment findings often contribute to the overall diagnosis that a young person receives.
Depending on the young person’s age, his/her speech and language skills may be assessed through:
After assessment, if further speech and language therapy intervention is indicated, the timing and nature of this will be considered in conjunction with the young person and their family and in the context of the overall multi-disciplinary treatment plan.
Speech and Language Therapy intervention has many forms:
· Working with and through the parents
· Liaison with school
· Group intervention
· Individual direct intervention
Indirect intervention is the most common way of supporting communication development. It can include liaison with school; a programme of activities and strategies; training and advice, all of which may be for home and school.
Some children or young people will need some direct intervention in which they are given exercises and taught techniques to work on, according to the goals set.
If you have any questions/queries, please contact the Speech and Language Therapist in your local Lucena Clinic and we will do our best to help.