The Rocky Mountain Traumatology Institute was initially established as the Crisis Intervention Institute (later changed to the Oklahoma Traumatology Institute) in 2000 by Rev. Joe Williams, FBI Chaplain, who received the FBI Director's Award for coordinating the chaplaincy/pastoral care services onsite following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He afterwards served on numerous agency committees tasked with providing services to those directly impacted by the bombing. The Institute became one of the earliest licensed training sites of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) founded by Dr. Charles Figley. As such it has participated in the development of certifications by GCAT needed for those who do disaster mental health work, who provide treatment for the traumatized and for self-care of professional caregivers who provide these services.
Rev. Williams served as the Institute's Director until he was deployed to Manhattan following the World Trade Center disaster and served as co-director until 2010. Dr. Martin has been a primary trainer for the Institute and assumed the role of co-director with Rev. Williams in 2001. Together they partnered to provide crisis intervention workshops, compassion fatigue workshops and numerous other training events in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Texas, Oklahoma and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina over the next two years.
In subsequent years the Institute has provided training for hundreds of diverse professionals across the United States, Canada and Switzerland. The trainings have included a wide range of professionals, with Rev. Williams focusing on chaplains, clergy, church volunteers, law enforcement and other first responders, while Dr. Martin's efforts included the entire spectrum of mental health professionals, school counselors, nurses, EMS personnel, military & hospital chaplains, hospice workers, oncology staff, and volunteers in the Nazarene Disaster Response Program.
With Rev. Williams retirement from the FBI and Dr. Martin's relocation to Colorado Springs, the Institute relocated to Colorado in 2010 and changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Traumatology Institute. Dr. Martin then became the director with Rev. Williams remaining on its faculty. The Institute will be providing numerous workshops in 2015.