UK Network

Division of Clinical Psychology


Pharmacology for children and adolescents with complex trauma and dissociation

This workshop will describe the essential aspects of using psychopharmacological interventions, medication, in the treatment of children with dissociative disorders and complex traumatization. There is no specific medication that addresses dissociative symptoms. In addition, there is virtually no scientific research on psychopharmacological interventions for these patients. At the same time, clinical observation suggests that children and adolescents with dissociative disorders use more medication than children and adolescents with other psychiatric disorders often with poor efficacy.

General guidelines are presented, scientific research is reviewed and case histories will be discussed.

Dr Adrian Stierum

Adrian J. Stierum M.D. is working as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is treating acute and chronically traumatized children and adolescents with dissociative disorders. He contributed as a co-editor to ‘Psychofarmaca in de KJP’ (G.C.Dieleman, B.Dierckx, M.B.Hofstra. Van Gorcum 2011. ISBN 9789023247234) the Dutch guideline for psychopharmacological treatment of children and adolescents. For the Dutch justice department he examines young perpetrators and victims of severe (sexual) violence.

He is working at an ortho-psychiatric clinic for youth with severe behavioural problems and psychiatric disorders.

Adrian is a member of the Child and Adolescent special interest group and the Child and Adolescent committee of the ISSTD. Together with Fran Waters he has written a chapter about psychopharmacological interventions with children and adolescents with a dissociative disorder.