Welcome to the Incident Severity Scales

Support Site!

The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Incident Severity Scale (ISS) is a research-based tool that meets the goal of providing an objective, consistent and standardized means to determine the severity of met criteria for child abuse/neglect and domestic abuse incidents by FAP clinicians across all the Services.

This ISS Support Site is hosted by the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State (Clearinghouse) and is intended to support clinicians with implementation of the ISS tool by providing ISS FAQs and Videos that describe ISS tool elements in more detail. These resources are intended to refresh the clinician’s knowledge of the Scales and are always available in order for the clinician to access a specific area within the Scales for clarification.

Our specialists at the Clearinghouse are here to support clinicians as they have questions about the implementation of the ISS Tool and we are available via email or the phone helpline at 1-877-382-9185 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST/EDT.


The ISS training and certification quiz are temporarily available on this website. To be certified, first complete the training module. Then, complete the certification quiz. You will be able to print a Certificate after successfully completing the quiz.

ISS Training Module and Test Access Instructions

To access the official Clinician Training Course and Clinician Test, please log on to the FAPISS web application here: http://fapss.dmdc.osd.mil/fapss/

Please note, you must use an internet browser that supports JavaScript (e.g., Firefox, Chrome). It is also recommended that you disable the pop-up blocker. Log in will require your Common Access Card (CAC) and approval from your Site Security Manager. Please allow for up to 15 minutes for the training and test to load. Additional instructions are available on the FAPSS home page using the link to the right titled “Download User Guide.”

Print the ISS Training Test Results page (certificate) after completing the Clinician Training Course and Test on the FAPISS web application prior to closing the dialog window. You will NOT be able to access your Test Results page (certificate) after closing the dialog window.

NOTE: To print the Severity Scales result page or Training module certificate, you must do so prior to closing the results dialog window.