Director Of Nursing
Social Care Department
Social Care Workers in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work as part of a specialist multidisciplinary team, providing primarily a child centred approach to all children, young people and their families who attend the Lucena Clinic.
Social Care workers in CAMHS work with all young people under the age of 18 years and their families, who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Social Care Workers currently work with children and young people in the Lucena Clinics in Rathgar and Tallaght, and also work in St. Peter’s Special School. Social Care Workers are members of, and work as part of, the multidisciplinary team in each clinic. The social care workers in the school work in collaboration with school staff and all professionals involved with the students.
When a child is referred to the clinic, Social Care may be part of the assessment process. Depending on the child’s age, assess children through
- Play and Observation Conversation
- Individual, and family meeting with parents.
- Reports from home and school Questionnaires
- Standardised Assessments St Peter’s Special School When assessing and planning programmes for students Social Care Workers liaise with the Principal, Teaching Staff, Clinicians and other agencies where appropriate. Parents can have input into this process also.
Feedback on progress made is given directly to Parents, Principal, Teachers, Lucena Team Members where appropriate and at case conferences where relevant.
This is an outline of the work of the Social Care Department.
- Social Care Workers (SCW) in Lucena CAMHS currently work on clinical teams in Rathgar and Tallaght and in St. Peter's Special School (for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties).
- We form part of the multidisciplinary team, in providing assessment and treatment for children and young people presenting with mental health needs.
- For students in St. Peter's School, we are involved in assessing and planning programmes and working in collaboration with school staff, parents, clinicians and other professionals.
- An important part of our work is building a therapeutic relationship with families and allowing for everyone's voice to be heard.
- We are involved in providing specialised therapeutic input such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Narrative Therapy, Yoga and Mindfulness based approaches.
- We also work extensively with parents through psychotherapeutic input e.g Behaviour Management, Parent-Child Attachment work, Parenting programmes, Psycho-educational input regarding their child's diagnosis.