The effectiveness of family work with patients suffering from schizophrenia is well established. However, so far working with families has been carried out by highly skilled research workers. It is argued that training should be carried out to disseminate skills so that family work can be carried out routinely in clinical settings. This paper reports the impact of two pilot studies on psychiatric nurses. It was found that the trainees gained in knowledge about schizophrenia and schizophrenia family work. Furthermore, their attitudes and beliefs about schizophrenia and schizophrenia family work changed in the desired direction. The results suggest that it is possible to teach psychiatric nurses an effective model of family work for patients with schizophrenia.