Criterion 2 – BACP Accreditation Guide


Criterion 2 is 3,000 words entitled Case Material. This is where you use a chosen client case to demonstrate your way of working, building on your answers in Criterion 1. It has five different areas to address and it’s important to focus on answering each question, rather than telling a client story. It can feel daunting to understand what the questions mean and to think about answering them in a focused and succinct way. In this guide we de-mystify Criterion 2 and take you step by step through each of the questions in turn.


Criterion 2 Case Material (3,000 words) is where you put all your theoretical and ethical know-how into action! You are using a chosen client to demonstrate what you actually do in practice – how you use your knowledge and skills, how you use yourself in the relationship and how you know when to flex and adapt your practice to fit a client’s needs. You are also asked to demonstrate ethical decision making to address a dilemma, and to discuss how you used your supervision to help your client. Sounds tricky? It doesn’t need to be and in this guide we go through each question in detail looking at what the question is asking for and possible ways you can think about answering it. 

We start by looking at how to choose the best client to fit with your answers and then go through each question in turn:

Question 2.i – interventions and responses you use

Question 2.ii – any issues of difference and equality in the relationship

Question 2.iii – how you used your self awareness

Question 2.iv – how you worked through an ethical dilemma

Question 2.v – how you used supervision

For each section we explore the meaning of the question and give ideas on how you can think about writing your own unique answer. Running throughout the guide we give concrete examples to show you what sample answers to these questions might look like.

If you’re struggling to understand what Criterion 2 is all about, this 40 page guide will help to simplify and clarify each section step by step.


This is for guidance only and in line with BACP policy. It is not a template for writing your own submission.

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