The Charlie Waller Trust was created by the Waller family in 1997 in response to the loss of their son and brother Charlie to suicide having suffered from depression. The Trust has since become one of the UK’s most respected mental health charities.

The Charlie Waller Trust enables people to understand and talk openly about mental health, maintain and enhance their mental wellbeing, and have the confidence to seek help when they need it.

The Charlie Waller Institute was launched in January 2008 as a collaboration between the University of Reading, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and the Charlie Waller Trust. Under the leadership of its former Directors (Professor Roz Shafran, Professor Shirley Reynolds) and with the support of funding from the Charlie Waller Trust and BHFT, the Charlie Waller Institute has grown rapidly in size and strength. Today, more than 50 staff support the Institute in its activities.


The aims of the Charlie Waller Institute are to:

  • deliver a range of IAPT and non-IAPT training programmes to clinicians who treat adults, children and young people;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the training to ensure that it improves clinician knowledge, skills and patient outcome;
  • undertake research that adds to the evidence base on effective psychological interventions.


The Charlie Waller Institute also provides Non-IAPT training in the form of short, high-quality, and flexible courses delivered by nationally and internationally recognised clinical academics who are leaders in their field. We also offer both a Certificate and Diploma in evidence-based psychological treatment.

Contact Us

  • cwi@reading.ac.uk

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